Prolotherapy is a non-invasive regenerative medicine therapy that helps heal several ailments such as arthritic joints and common sports injuries. In this procedure, a natural irritant is administered into the soft tissue of an injured joint. The irritant is believed to provide significant relief from back and joint pain.
What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a non-surgical treatment. It is a non-invasive treatment in which a small amount of solution is injected into the body's damaged part to regenerate and repair the tissues. The answer is a combination of dextrose (sugar), lidocaine-local anesthetic, and sterile water injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons, or joints to induce an inflammatory response. Once the solution is injected into the affected areas, it initiates the healing process in the body. It is also used to treat chronic conditions such as arthritis and degenerative disc disease, which helps in the reduction of pain.
How does Prolotherapy work?
Prolotherapy consists of an injection that contains a potential irritant, such as dextrose, which is believed to trigger the body's healing response. The irritant will trigger the body's healing response. Once the irritant begins to act, the body will start to repair and strengthen the joint's damaged ligaments. The pain starts to disappear once the joint begins healing. The resulting reduction in pain and improvement of function has the potential to be permanent. The injection must be administered precisely to the affected part, which requires ligament repair. Prolotherapy normally requires several shots at the site of the injury. The treatment duration lasts for about three to six months, with the patient requiring 4 to 15 shots per session. Each session takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
How often are the injections needed?
The frequency of the injections depends on the condition of the injury. Two to three injections may be administered every four weeks. It also depends on the resolution of symptoms. The healing time varies from person to person, but results can be expected three to four days from the treatment's commencement. Since this is a regenerative healing process, it may take weeks to see results.
What are the benefits of Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a natural and permanent treatment that depends on the body repairing itself to relieve pain. Doctors who support the use of Prolotherapy believe that the strengthened joints will automatically lead to a reduction in pain. The joint's enhanced strength will help improve the overall stability and function of the back and joints. Prolotherapy provides relief from pain on a long-term basis compared to pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications, which only deliver temporary relief. Surgery also does not guarantee to stabilize the joint fully.
What is Prolotherapy commonly used to treat?
- Prolotherapy is commonly used to treat unresolved pain.
- To treat the joint instability of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, and knee.
- It provides a non-surgical option to treat joint and back pain.
- To treat osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, and other joints.
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