Prolotherapy Injections – What Are they?
Prolotherapy: The concept of prolotherapy involves strengthening the ligaments and tendons of the body by injection of a proliferative agent, thus the name prolotherapy.
Nerves run within the ligaments and tendons and can be stretched if they are weak. Muscles must work overtime to compensate for loose ligaments. Pain is caused by stretching of the nerves and by the muscular strain. Strengthening the ligaments and tendons can help to alleviate the pain due to less nerve irritation and alleviating the stress on the muscles.
Prolotherapy involves an injection of dextrose to the insertion of ligaments which is like dropping a chemical beacon allowing the surrounding cells to leak growth factors. As time goes by, growth factors attract the fibroblasts/osteoblasts and these cells make more connective tissue so that ligaments and tendons become stronger.
The original injury is often due to an unstable joint which causes wear and tear of the joint surfaces and the degenerative process begins and pain results. An average of 5 to 10 prolotherapy treatments may be needed. Tenderness may be felt for 2 days to 2 weeks following prolotherapy as inflammation may be triggered to induce a wound-healing cascade. Very often patients also may feel immediate relief.
Prolozone therapy adds the use of ozone gas to the injection therapy. Ozone gas further stimulates chondroblasts to produce more connective tissue for the joint. Prolozone therapy causes less tenderness and patients may be sore for 1 to 2 days following injection.
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