What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a medical treatment aimed at repairing and strengthening injured or weakened connective tissues. By injecting a mild irritant solution into the affected area, it triggers an inflammatory response, encouraging the body’s natural healing mechanisms to repair damaged tissues.

Prolotherapy is the injection of an irritant solution (usually a form of sugar called dextrose) into joints, ligaments or tendons. It usually involves three to four or more shots given monthly for several months, followed by occasional, as-needed injections.
In people with osteoarthritis (OA), the 80-year-old therapy is most often used to treat join pain in the knees, fingers and thumbs. Most doctors who treat OA, however, use prolotherapy rarely, if at all.

This treatment is meant for injured joints and connective tissue. It’s also used to treat some people who have conditions like arthritis, whiplash, and degenerative disc disease. Prolotherapy can treat a number of areas of your body, including your back, neck, knees, shoulders, hips, pelvic floor, and hands.Because pain is an indication of tissue damage, the pain can be eliminated permanently as the tissue heals after the Prolotherapy treatment series. The term “Prolotherapy” was first used by George Hackett, MD, and has been derived from the word “proliferate”, which means to rapidly grow new cells. These newly created cells can cause hard-to-heal areas, such as ligaments, to repair, strengthen and tighten over time, restoring a painful, unstable joint, into a stable and healthy one.

How Prolotherapy works

Mechanism of Action

Prolotherapy works by inducing a localised inflammatory response at the site of injury. This response increases blood flow and attracts immune cells to the area, facilitating tissue repair and regeneration. The injected solution, often a dextrose-based solution, acts as an irritant that triggers this healing cascade.

Types of Solutions Used

Treatment Process

Initial Consultation

A thorough medical history and physical examination to determine the suitability of Prolotherapy for the patient.

Injection Procedure

The area to be treated is sterilized, and the solution is injected using precise techniques to ensure accuracy and efficacy.

Post-Treatment Care

Patients may experience temporary discomfort and are advised to avoid anti-inflammatory medications to allow the healing process to occur naturally.

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