Commonly called PROLOTHERAPY
Prolotherapy helps your body speed up the healing process of your ligaments and tendons.
Ligaments are the structural rubber bands that hold bone to bone, creating a joint. When ligaments become weak or injured, they may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. Ligaments also have many nerve endings and can become very painful. Tendons attach muscles to the bones. These too can become injured, which can result in pain.
Prolotherapy stimulates a process that speeds up healing and allows your body to strengthen tendons, ligaments and joints. It can reduce or even eliminate pain in these areas. Prolotherapy is a natural, effective and useful therapy for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including:
- Back and neck pain of ligament and tendon origin
- Sports injuries of many kinds, including leg, arm, back and shoulder injuries
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD), causing jaw, facial and shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, causing numbness and muscle weakness in the hand
- Chronic tendonitis (inflammation of tendons)
- Old injuries to knees, ankles, hips, elbows, wrist, shoulders, fingers & toes.
How Does Prolotherapy Work?
The Prolotherapy process involves injections of a dextrose (sugar) and procaine ( a local anesthetic) solution into and onto joints, ligaments and tendons. The cells of the ligaments and tendons absorb the dextrose, which triggers the body to send healing blood components to the injection site. This stimulates the body’s healing process to strengthen and restore joint function, build strength and mobility, and ultimately, reduce or eliminate pain.
Prolotherapy may sound new. In fact, Prolotherapy is one of the eldest methods of healing, finding its roots in ancient Chinese acupuncture.
Why is Prolotherapy so Seldom Used Today? Perhaps Because it is so Simple.
“Not many physicians are aware of Prolotherapy, and even fewer are adept at this form of treatment. One wonders why that is so. In my opinion, it is because medical folks are skeptical and Prolotherapy, unless you have tried it and proven its worth, seems to be too easy a solution to a series of complicated problems that afflict the human body and have been notoriously difficult to treat by any other method. Another reason is the simplicity of the therapy: Injecting an irritant solution, which may be something as simple as glucose, at the junction of a ligament with a bone to produce the rather dramatic therapeutic benefits that follow.
Another very practical reason is that many insurance companies do not pay for Prolotherapy, largely because their medical advisers do not understand it, have not practiced it, and therefore do not recommend it. Finally, Prolotherapy seems too simple a procedure for a very complicated series of musculoskeletal problems which affect huge numbers of patients”.
Dr. C. Everett Koop
Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan, Vice Admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corp.