Prolotherapy, also known as “proliferation therapy” or “regenerative injection therapy”, involves injecting an otherwise non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body, generally in the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating musculoskeletal pain. Prolotherapy re-initiates the inflammatory process that deposits new additional fibers to repair or strengthen injuries.
Prolotherapy involves the injection of an irritant solution into an area where connective tissue has been weakened or damaged through injury or strain. Many solutions are used, including dextrose (a sugar), lidocaine (a commonly used local anesthetic), phenol, glycerine, or cod liver oil extract. The injection is given into joints or tendons where they connect to bone. The injected solution causes the body to heal itself through the process of inflammation and repair. The process may result in significant strengthening of the connective tissue.
Prolotherapy treatment sessions are generally given every three to six weeks. Many patients receive treatment at less and less frequent intervals until treatments are rarely required, if at all. Prolotherapy is sometimes used as an alternative to arthroscopic surgery.
Symptoms that may lead to Prolotherapy treatment:
- Laxity of a tested joint that fails self resolution
- Distinct tender points at tendons or ligaments as they attach to the bones
- Recurrent swelling or fullness involving a joint or muscular region
- Popping, clicking, grinding, or catching sensations in joints
Prolotherapy can be used for a wide range of injuries and conditions involving tendons and ligaments in joint areas. Contact us to set up and appointment and find out if prolotherapy is right for you.