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.

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