Prolotherapy is gaining more and more acceptance and is a sought out treatment for musculoskeletal pain. The therapy involves a series of injections designed to increase the inflammatory process that brings about healing. Prolotherapy is indicated in joint pain due to laxity of ligaments and tendons. This is when the ligaments and tendons lack the strength and integrity to support the joint. Prolo is not indicated in spinal stenoses or arthritis. However, patients with arthritis experience improvement because the the joint is stronger due to the injections.
Ligaments and tendons have a poor blood supply and therefore poor healing response. The inflammatory process is used by the body to transport proteins and enzymes to rebuild the tissue. Prolotherapy increases the blood flow to the area of injury and stimulates inflammation, thereby bringing about the healing process
A double blind placebo controlled study published in Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine (March 6, 2000) reported significant reductions in knee pain, swelling and knee buckling frequency after 6 injections. More and more physicians including osteopathic, medical, and naturopathic physicians are getting trained in the valuable modality. Prolotherapy is a viable alternative to expensive MRI’s and surgeries. It is a safe treatment that has very few minor side effects and far less recovery time.
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Source: Dr. Jane\’s Blog