Prolotherapy is a simple, natural technique that stimulates the body to repair the painful area when the natural healing process needs a little assistance. In most cases, commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medications and more drastic measures like surgery and joint replacement may not help, and often hinder or even prevent the healing process. The basic mechanism of Prolotherapy is simple. A substance is injected into the affected ligaments or tendons, which leads to local inflammation. 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 is very effective at eliminating chronic pain due to ligament and tendon weakness.
Conditions - Musculoskeletal Pain (neck, back, shoulder, hip, joint pain), Arthritis (Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis), Herpes zoster/shingles, Neuropathy, Nerve pain, Carpal tunnel, TMJ.This therapy has been shown to be beneficial in managing:
- Recurrent swelling or fullness involving a joint or muscular region
- Popping, clicking, grinding, or catching sensations with movement
- A sensation of the “leg giving way”
- Joint laxity or hypermobility (sports injuries)