Prolotherapy is a medical procedure that involves the use of an injection to help repair injuries to the ligaments, muscle fibers, tendons, joint capsules, fascia, and other connective tissue of the musculoskeletal system by stimulating the body's natural healing process. It is most often used for patients with chronic joint pain that is not responding well to other nonsurgical procedures such as chiropractic. Prolotherapy is also sometimes referred to as sclerosant therapy, regenerative injection therapy, nonsurgical ligament reconstruction. and proliferation therapy
Conditions Treated by Prolotherapy
Prolotherapy can be used to treat numerous chronic pain conditions such as back and neck pain that are caused by conditions related to the spine. These conditions include back problems, whiplash, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, and sacroiliac problems. A prolotherapy treatment is ideal for patients who are suffering from back, joint, tendon, or ligament pain for more than 6 weeks without getting any relief from natural remedies, physical therapy, or even surgery.
What to Expect During the Procedure?
Prolotherapy injections are composed of natural substances such as sarapin, saline, and dextrose which are administered together with a numbing agent like procaine, marcaine, or lidocaine. Your doctor will carefully inject the substance into the injury site which will cause a mild inflammatory response that will trigger the body to repair itself by growing new ligaments or tendon fibers. Patients may need several injections to achieve full recovery. On average, a patient will only need 4 to 10 injections but, in certain cases, it could take as much as 30 injections depending on the condition of the patient. These injections are usually administered 2 to 3 weeks apart and could take up to 6 months to complete.
A prolotherapy treatment in San Diego, CA is safe for most patients but you are still advised to take caution because it does have some risks you need to consider. Furthermore, you need to make sure that the physician who will administer the injections is trained to perform this procedure.