What Is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is an additional treatment for muscle and joint pain, this is a procedure in which a potential irritant solution such as dextrose is injected into the soft tissue of an injured joint.
This treatment is based on the theory that chronic pain is often caused by the laxity or looseness of the ligaments that are responsible for maintaining a stable joint.
Many clinic research has shown that the lack of ligament and tendon healing lead to chronic pain, which is why doctors mainly use prolotherapy to treat injured joints and ligaments, which cause pain in the joints.
While it is most commonly used for the back, doctors may also use prolotherapy in the following areas of the body:
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HOW DOES PROLOTHERAPY WORK?
Prolotherapy is short for proliferation therapy. The treatment works by injecting a substance that causes irritation into the ligament or tendon.
The irritant forces the body to respond by activating the body's healing response..
The injection primarily acts as a beacon; this lets the body know what specific area needs repair, and the body responds appropriately.
Once activated, the body will start to strengthen and repair damaged ligaments in the joint. The strengthening of the ligaments, over time, helps to stabilize the joint. Once the joint is better supported, will reducing pain until the pain disappear.
Prolotherapy usually requires several shots at the site of the injury or weakened area to be effective. An individual can expect anywhere from 4 to 15 shots per session, and for several sessions to occur over the course of 3 to 6 months.
The injection must be precise so that the irritant is placed at the area or areas requiring ligament repair.