What is prolotherapy? Prolotherapy is a simple, natural method used to repair a soft tissue injury or painful area, by assisting the body’s natural healing process. “Prolo” is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth) of new connective tissue in areas that have become weak or damaged. This alternative technique offers a less invasive and longer lasting option, versus medications, steroid injections or more drastic measures such as surgery or joint replacement.


How Prolotherapy works. When an injury occurs to tissue, natural inflammation occurs. Because ligaments, tendons and cartilage (joints) have very poor blood supplies, incomplete healing results. This incomplete healing results in connective tissue becoming relaxed and weak. In addition, connective tissue also has many nerve endings which will cause pain when damaged or loosened.


Prolotherapy is a highly effective method of treating chronic pain. The treatment, performed as an office procedure, involves injecting a concentrated sugar substance into the affected area. This localized injection causes inflammation that directly stimulates the growth of healthy strong tissues by increasing the blood supply. As the tendons and ligaments repair themselves and grow stronger, the chronic pain is thus reduced.


Assisting natural healing. The body’s natural healing process can also be impeded when injuries are treated with anti-inflammatory medications, such as Motrin, for pain management. Prolotherapy injections, given over the course of several months, are meant to provide a long lasting benefit by tricking the body into initiating the healing process on its own without the use of oral medications.




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