Prolotherapy treatment (short for proliferation therapy treatment) is achieved through the injection of an irritant solution directly in the affected area of the body where connective tissue has been damaged or compromised through strain or injury. Connective tissue connects tendons to bone, and injections are given here, sometimes directly into joints. Treatment is typically every 3 – 6 weeks at first, then less frequently until therapy is no longer needed for the affected area. Connective tissue injuries are typically due to high-velocity impact, such as hard blow to the area or as the result of a car accident. The irritant solution stimulates the body into healing itself.
Can Prolotherapy Help You?
Once you come in for an initial consultation at Blatman Health and Wellness, one of our doctors will help you determine whether or not a course of regenerative injection therapy (another name for prolotherapy) is right for you. Some of the conditions typically helped by prolotherapy are chronic pain of the neck, shoulder, back, ankle or other joints, laxity of the ligaments (generally or due to an accident), unexpectedly dropping things, arthritis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and other chronic repetitive motion injuries. Cartilage healing can also take place from this course of treatment.
Prolotherapy: Origins, Safety, and Side-Effects
Prolotherapy injections, contrary to popular belief, are not a new form of treatment. In fact, their use has been traced back to Roman times and further described in texts by historic doctors. It wasn’t until the mid-1900s until the term “prolotherapy” was coined. Side effects are extremely rare but may include slight pain at the injection site. Studies on the use of this procedure have shown it to be effective at reducing pain and promoting healing of injuries.