Do you suffer from persistent pain, joint aches, or have you been diagnosed with degenerative arthritis? Or do you require repeated treatments to align your spine because the adjustments just don’t hold? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for prolotherapy.
What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a medical procedure that strengthens the supportive structures around your areas of joint discomfort and instability. By strengthening these areas, degenerative processes can be slowed and spine alignment is often maintained without repeated spinal adjustments. Pain often diminishes or subsides entirely.
The goal of this therapy is to produce normal dense fibrous tissues which strengthen the attachment of ligaments, tendons, joint capsules and fascial structures at their fibro-osseous junctions. These sites are injected with solutions known to have the capacity to produce new fibrous tissue. As the new tissue is formed, the hypermobile joint will stabilize.
Who Needs Prolotherapy?
Anyone suffering from joint pain subsequent to injury, nutritional insufficiency, metabolic disorders or arthritis may be a candidate. Loose ligaments and tendons result in hypermobile joints which are moderately to extremely painful and stiff.
What Areas May be Treated?
Prolotherapy is effective in the treatment of whiplash injuries, neck and back pain, dislocated shoulder joints, knee and elbow joints, disk lesion and multiple other joints.
How Long Do Prolotherapy Treatments Take?
Each treatment takes only a few minutes to administer. It typically takes 3-6 treatments at 2-4 week intervals to achieve full benefit from the therapy.
Is Prolotherapy Painful?
Pain associated with the injections will vary according to the individual. Many patients find that their pain symptoms improve quite quickly; however, some may have persistent or even worsened pain temporarily as the body is healing and strengthening the tissues. In such cases, your physician may suggest using ice or Tylenol.
Can Prolotherapy Help Everyone?
According to an article published in the Journal of Advancement in Medicine, a number of variables may affect the success rate of the treatment, but in general, 80-95 percent of patients treated experience full-term remission. Improvements were maintained and no patient required any subsequent surgical procedure on the effected part within six months of the last treatment.
Schedule an appointment to find out if this minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatment is right for you. Call 616-656-3700.