Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy, is a safe and non-invasive procedure that relieves chronic pain through injection of solutions that stimulate healing in areas of injured or diseased tissue.
One of the natural solutions is a sugar called dextrose, which helps to increases blood flow and start the regenerative process at the site of an injury. This regenerative process works upon a number of different tissues, including damaged tendons, ligaments, and joints.
Prolotherapy treatment was established on the basis that the body can naturally heal itself. This procedure is used to:
• Alleviate back and joint pain
• Alleviate pain due to tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and degenerative disc disease
• Strengthen weak or loose ligaments
• Increase muscle functionality, movement, and flexibility
This procedure is performed by an experienced and licensed doctor to ensure that it is administered in a safe environment. If you’re considering prolotherapy treatments to help with pain, book a consultation with Dr. Schlee today.
How Does Prolotherapy Work?
The process of Prolotherapy begins with an injection that contains natural substances along with a local anesthetic to alleviate the associated discomfort. The substances injected increase and temper an inflammatory response, thereby increasing the blood supply to the damaged area. Along increased blood flow bring white blood cells, growth factors and nutrients – all of which are necessary to promote the growth and repair of tissues in the body.
The goal of prolotherapy treatment is to repair and stabilize structures such as joints, tendons and ligaments. This damage and instability is often the cause of the pain, and likewise the opposite will result in resolving the pain. Like all medical procedures, there are risks and side effects to be expected when administering prolotherapy treatments.
The Risks and Downsides of Prolotherapy
The most common risk of regenerative injection therapy is developing an infection at the injection site. Though uncommon, infection can be preventable with good hygiene before, after, and during the treatment. A professional and experienced doctor prevents the risk of infection by ensuring that the sites of injection site are clean.
Other side effects of prolotherapy treatment include bruising, bleeding, swelling, and/or temporary pain and stiffness around the injection area. One of the great advantages of prolotherapy is that this natural treatment poses less risks and complications than surgery.
Is Prolotherapy for You?
Prolotherapy has a high rate of success in suitable patients. Though it is a natural and safe procedure that presents very little risk, a thorough evaluation is required before a certified doctor can begin prolotherapy treatments.
The success of prolotherapy treatments depend on several factors, including the extent or severity of the injury, individual medical history, overall health and wellness, and any other underlying medical conditions that could impact the healing process.
This specialized treatment can only be performed by a certified and experienced doctor. To see if prolotherapy can work for you, contact Dr. Schlee today.