Prolotherapy involves the use of an irritant solution (salt or sugar-based) that is carefully injected into a joint, ligament, or tendon in order to create inflammation and elevate the blood supply to that specific area. This heightened blood supply encourages cell growth and tissue restoration. As an innovative pain management treatment, prolotherapy enhances function and stimulates the body’s natural healing response. Prolotherapy aims to help treat symptoms associated with a number of conditions, including arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and tendinitis.
Prolotherapy is typically considered helpful for most patients and can be administered into various areas of the body, including the back, neck, knees, hands, hips, and shoulders. It is often used to treat chronic and acute pain conditions, including arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and tendinitis, but it could also be successful in treating injuries that create stiffness or lack of mobility.
The process involves injecting affected joints, ligaments, or tendons with a combination of irritants and a numbing agent. The complete prolotherapy treatment takes around 30 minutes to complete and is done in sterile conditions and under an ultrasound guidance.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A patient will experience some inflammation within the area as the blood flow begins to increase. For the majority of patients, a series of treatments are necessary to promote the growth and restoration of the new healthy tissues. Patients may experience some slight tenderness or bruising near or around the injection site. This usually resolves within 1-2 days.
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