Also called reconstructive injection therapy or proliferative therapy, prolotherapy uses a series of injections of special solutions designed to help promote natural healing after disease or injury and to strengthen joints and soft tissues like ligaments and tendons. Prolotherapy solutions can be customized for each patient based on the patient's specific needs and medical profile.
Prolotherapy works by creating areas of “controlled damage” in joints and soft tissues so the body's healing processes are triggered and new, healthy tissue is formed. New tissue formation works not only by replacing injured or damaged tissues but also by strengthening surrounding tissues so the injured area gets the support it needs for proper healing and restoration of strength.
Prolotherapy can be used in many areas of the body, including:
knees, hips, and ankles
shoulders, elbows, wrists
back and neck
jaws (temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ)
Injections of prolotherapy solutions are made directly in the treatment area so anesthetics and other agents can work to reduce symptoms and stimulate healing where it's needed most. As with other injections, you may feel some stinging or burning while the injections are being administered, as well as mild swelling or tenderness for a brief period of time afterward. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used as needed if you find these effects uncomfortable. Though many patients can experience benefits after a single treatment, most will benefit from a series of treatments performed over a period of several weeks to help promote healing and strengthen weakened tissues.
Prolotherapy can be an ideal choice for many patients, but it's not for everyone. Before undergoing treatment, you'll have a comprehensive exam to ensure prolotherapy is a good option for your needs.
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