What conditions are treated with prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy can be excellent for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, Fibromyalgia, sports injuries, unresolved whiplash injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage, degenerated or herniated discs, TMJ and sciatica.
What is prolotherapy?
First, it is important to understand what the word “prolotherapy” itself means. The first part – “prolo” – is short for proliferation. Proliferation is synonymous with growth and formation. Prolotherapy treatment causes the proliferation (or growth / formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak.
Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints. Ligaments can become weakened or stretched with injury, which may not heal back to their original strength or endurance level. Healing from this type of injury is frequently slow and incomplete because the blood supply to ligaments is limited. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings and therefore the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose. Tendons are the name given to tissue which connects muscles to bones, and in the same manner tendons also may become injured and cause pain.
Prolotherapy uses a variety of solutions which are injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas which then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients and stimulates the tissue to repair itself.
How long will it take to complete a course of treatments?
The response to treatment varies from individual to individual, and depends on one’s healing ability. Some people may only need a few treatments while others may need 30 or more.
A list of conditions treated with prolotherapy: