Prolotherapy is a treatment used for chronic pain conditions, sports injuries and osteoarthritis. This procedure stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal by injecting 10% to 15% Dextrose, with an anesthetic and B vitamins into the site of pain, or more specifically where the ligament or tendon attaches to the bone. The injected solution works by irritating the weak area or damaged area causing a localized inflammation reaction to promote tissue repair and healing.
Tendons and ligaments have much poorer blood supply as compared to muscles, so when they are damaged (for example, stretched, frayed or torn), they take a much longer time to heal. Injecting a prolotherapy solution to the area of damage stimulates the body to heal that area specifically, decreasing the healing time and strengthening the tissue.
What to expect…
- Typically, there is a slight increase in pain shortly after the injection is done for 1-2 days, this initial pain decreases as the tissue heals
- The average number of treatment sessions is 3-6, and is dependent on the chronicity of the injury
- The injections are preformed 1 to 6 weeks apart
- Injection site may be sore and or bruised for up to 72 hrs following the procedure
Currently, prolotherapy is indicated for muscle and joint injuries. It is particularly popular with sports injuries, such as ligament tears, muscle sprains, etc. The safe and quick mode of action is responsible for its widespread popularity and ensures that athletes are back on their feet in no time.
Prolotherapy has also been proven to be very effective in the treatment of chronic lower back pain, tendonitis as well as arthritis.
If you have some form of chronic joint or muscle pain, then chances are that prolotherapy will help relieve you of the excruciating burden. Whether it is early onset arthritis or chronic back pain due to age, you can rest assured that you will be dumping your pain meds in no time.
Contact us at (604) 245-1049 for more information or to see if this is the right treatment for you!