What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection procedure that is a safe, non-surgical treatment for chronic injuries, pain and arthritis. It is an advanced therapy to repair unstable ligaments and improve joint function. It has been used for more than eighty years on patients in pain from aging, overuse, auto accidents or athletic injury and the results have been consistent and positive. The basic idea is that ligaments are strong tissues that hold the bones of your joints in correct alignment. When the joints become injured or overstretched due to trauma, these ligaments become loose and they do not support the structure of the musculoskeletal system correctly.

For example, when you sprain your ankle, knee or shoulder, it becomes much easier to do it again and again, because the ligaments have weakened. As a result, the muscles in the area work overtime to take up the slack and go into a state of spasm. Muscles, however, are supposed to contract and relax and therefore should not be remaining in a tense state for longer period of time. This produces the pain which can be local or referred to other areas depending on the dysfunction of the joint and the tightness of the muscle. Prolotherapy will stimulate the body’s immune response to repair, rebuild & strengthen the area. In several studies conduced on pain patients, up to 90% of patients received good to excellent results in pain relief & improved function. The therapy works by the injection of an inert sugar solution of dextrose and a local anesthetic at the junction between tendons or ligaments. It promotes collagen formation thereby allowing ligaments and tendons can become 40% thicker and stronger using Prolotherapy. Hence, it is commonly used in Athletes to restore strength to tissues, resolve pain, prevent recurring injuries and avoid the need for surgery.

The following conditions can be treated with Prolotherapy:

  • Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Lower Backpain, Spondylolisthesis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Repetitive Ankle Sprains
  • Hyper-Mobile Joints
  • Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis
  • ACL, LCL, MCL Knee Tears
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome

Prolotherapy Vs.Cortisone Injections

The difference between these two injections is the fact that Cortisone works by suppressing the body's inflammatory and immune response, whereas prolotherapy stimulates a healing response by inducing inflammation and an immune response. It sounds counter intuitive but inflammation is a very important part of our ability to heal ourselves.