Prolotherapy is a procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue. It is based on the fact that when ligaments or tendons (connective tissues) are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding destabilizes and can become painful. Prolotherapy, with its unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability, can repair the weakened sites and produce new collagen tissue, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint. Once the joint is stabilized, pain usually resolves. Traditional approaches with surgery have more risk and may fail to stabilize the joint and relieve pain, and anti-inflammatory or other pain relievers only act temporarily.
Prolotherapy is used for joint, ligament and tendon injections. It works by stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms to lay down new tissue in the weakened area. This is done by a image guided injection to the injury site, accelerating the body’s repair mechanisms. The mild inflammatory response which is created by the injection encourages growth of new, normal ligament or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure. Treatment involves between 3 and 6 sessions (every 1-3 weeks), allowing for a gradual buildup of tissue to restore the original strength to the area. The injections contain natural substances that stimulate the healing response, as well as local anesthetic agents to help with the pain of the injection.