Our body is comprised of many joints that are held together by ligaments and tendons. When these structures are weakened by injury, it can lead to joint instability resulting in reduced range of motion, muscle spasms, and pain. Because of the limited blood flow and circulation to the area, recovery from a joint injury may take longer and lead to recurrent chronic symptoms.
Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection therapy that targets these weakened or damaged ligaments and tendons. Dextrose solution is injected into these sites of pain or weakened ligament and tendon attachments. This initiates a healing cascade, which increases blood flow, tissue growth factors, and nutrients to the area. The effect is new growth of healthy tendons and ligaments that help to stabilize the joint and thus alleviate pain.
Common conditions that respond well to prolotherapy are:
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Chronic tendonitis
- Hypermobile joints
- Partially torn tendons, ligaments, cartilage
Depending on the injury and the body’s healing capabilities, response to treatment will vary from person to person. Some may experience improvements after just one treatment, however most will need an average of 4-6 treatments, given proper nutrition and rest between treatments to allow for the healing and regeneration of connective tissues.