Prolotherapy has been practiced in the United States for almost eighty years as a treatment for musculoskeletal injuries, which unfortunately are frequently misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated.
Prolotherapy(also known as sclerotherapy, stimulated ligament repair, or proliferative therapy) is also recommended for weak joints; joints requiring a brace; joints that continually pop, snap, and grind; or joints that cannot maintain alignment (particularly when osteopathic or chiropractic manipulations fail to provide lasting relief.)
Many remedies besides prolotherapy are used to treat these afflictions (such as rest, medication, traction, exercise, cortisone injections, physical therapy, and surgery) but for many patients, these fail to provide the lasting relief. In many cases, prolotherapy, a non-surgical method that stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities to repair injured tissues and joints, can provide an answer.
Unlike muscles and tendons, ligaments that are weakened from trauma, overuse, underuse, functional hormone imbalances and nutritional deficiencies cannot be strengthened with exercise.
Ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bones have poor healing abilities due to the lack of blood supply to these tissues. This is why injuries to these areas become chronic pain problems. In order to compensate, the body may form bony, arthritic spurs. This causes increased pain and weakness, and a loss in joint mobility.
Prolotherapy is a series of injections using safe solutions at ligament/tendon-bone (fibro-osseous) junctions facilitating the healing process for specific injuries. In the case of injured joints, a local anesthetic and a natural irritant (sodium morrhuate, a purified derivative of cod liver oil), dextrose, phenol, minerals, or other natural substances are injected into areas where ligaments, tendons, and cartilage are torn or injured. These injections trigger a well localized inflammatory, healing, remodeling and strengthening response over a period of weeks or months. As the ligament, tendon and joint strength improve, the pain decreases.