Prolotherapy is  a  medical procedure that many acute and chronic patients, as well as athletes with sports injuries, are turning to because it is used as an alternative to surgery, arthroscopy, cortisone shots, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and/ or chronic use of narcotic pain medications. Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair the painful injured area(s) when the body’s natural healing process is not able to do the job on its own. In most cases, commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medications and more drastic measures like surgery, joint replacements, cortisone shots, and other therapies may not help, and often hinder or even prevent the healing process.

The basic mechanism of prolotherapy is simple. What most people are surprised to find out is the body heals by inflammation!. In other words, we need inflammation to heal our bodies. Prolotherapy works because it actually stimulates an inflammatory reaction in the body. We inject prolotherapy solution into the affected ligaments, tendons, and or joints, which leads to local inflammation in the injected area.

Many people who find themselves in pain want to get rid of the pain as soon as possible – whether their painful condition is from a back  injury due to improper lifting, a work-related injury such as Carpal tunnel syndrome from Computer use, or Plantar fasciitis from a sports injury such as long distance running. Prolotherapy becomes a very safe, affordable option that allows the patient to keep working and/ or training during the recovery process. Prolotherapy is one of the few treatments that encourages movement after the treatment and actually movement aids in the healing process.



Prolotherapy involves localized  injection of proliferants solution into the area where the ligament or tendon is damaged. The solution, a proliferants /mixture of dextrose  and  lignocaine, is injected at specific points where ligaments and tendons meet bones. This causes a localized inflammatory response which increases blood supply, immune cells and nutrients to the weak area. This is the first step in the wound healing process and the step that is inhibited by anti-inflammatories such as NSAID’S and cortisone. Basically, you are tricking your body into thinking that it has been injured. However, this “new” injury promotes a far greater immune response than the original injury because of the injection of the irritant solution. The end result is that your own immune system sends connective tissue building cells to the area causing the proliferation of new collagen, thereby strengthening damaged tendons and ligaments. New collagen shrinks as it matures. The shrinking collagen tightens the ligament that was injected and makes it stronger.

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