Prolotherapy is a medical procedure that many chronic and acute pain patients, as well as athletes with sports injuries, are turning to because it is used as an alternative to surgery, arthroscopy, cortisone shots, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and/or chronic use of narcotic pain medications.
Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair the painful injured area(s) when the bodyís natural healing process is not able to do the job on its own.
In most cases, commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medications and more drastic measures like surgery, joint replacements, cortisone shots, and other therapies may not help, and often hinder or even prevent the healing process.
basic mechanism of Prolotherapy is simple. What most
people are surprised to find out is that the body heals
by inflammation. In other words, we need inflammation to
heal our bodies. Prolotherapy works because it actually
stimulates an inflammatory reaction in the body.
We inject Prolotherapy solutions into the affected
ligaments, tendons, and/or joints, which leads to local
inflammation in the injected area. The localized
inflammation triggers a wound healing cascade, resulting
in the deposition of new collagen, the material that
ligaments and tendons are made of. New collagen shrinks
as it matures.
The shrinking collagen tightens the ligament that was
injected and makes it stronger. Prolotherapy has the
potential of being 100 percent effective at eliminating
pain and sports injuries that are a result of ligament
and/or tendon weakness.