Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection treatment used to repair injured ligaments and tendons. It is an alternative to pain medications and anti-inflammatory injections such as cortisone for joint pain and osteoarthritis.
How does Prolotherapy work?
Ligaments and tendons generally have a poor blood supply, so if these connective tissues become damaged, the body’s ability to repair them is compromised. This can lead to the onset of osteoarthritis and joint degeneration. The prolotherapy solution and the injection technique are both designed to stimulate repair mechanisms in the tendon, ligament, or joint cartilage. With a series of prolotherapy injections, the joint is able to heal and regenerate cartilage and connective tissues.
What is in the Prolotherapy injections?
The primary ingredients in the prolotherapy injections used at Steelsmith Natural Health Center are dextrose (medical-grade sugar water), procaine (a nutritive and mildly numbing agent), and glucosamine (a nutritive agent).
Conditions Treated with Prolotherapy:
- Osteoarthritis of various joints, including knees, hips, shoulders, and ankles
- Acute sprains or joint injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Frozen shoulder
What to expect from treatment:
The treatment consists of injections targeting the tendons and ligaments where they attach to the bone. The treatments are typically administered 10 days to 4 weeks apart, and some patients may only require 4 treatments, or fewer, to achieve optimal results. Since prolotherapy causes inflammation, there may be some stiffness and swelling in the area following injections, and this typically lasts from 1 to 7 days. Research shows that regeneration continues to take place in the joint even up to a year after the final prolotherapy injection.