Updated: Jun 24, 2019
Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection technique which triggers your body to repair damaged connective tissue supporting joints and muscles. Often surgery can be avoided with a series of Prolo treatments.
Why would Prolo be required?
Specifically, Prolo targets ligaments (holding bones to bones), tendons (muscles to bones) and cartilage (non-bone structural tissue). Often these tissues are injured, and never fully heal. This is because the healing process of the body requires blood components (platelets and other blood cells) to find the injury to trigger healing. The problem is these tissues have very little blood flow, so injury sites are not detected leading to incomplete healing. The tissue is now painful and weakened. Muscles in the surrounding tissue try to protect the joint leading to spasm and more pain.
How does Prolo help?
Prolo treatment is an injection of a proliferative solution directly into the injured site. The proliferative solution most often contains a simple mix of dextrose and local anesthetic. The action of placing the needle at the site of injury allows blood to enter the tissue. The dextrose solution results in blood flowing into the specific site triggering healing exactly where it is required. It is your body’s natural processes that take over from this point.
Who can benefit from Prolo?
Prolo is a very effective treatment to strengthen specific injured tissues and eliminate the pain by promoting growth of healthy tissue. Your body-your own immune system- grows the tissue. If you have other health concerns, it may be best to address them prior to or alongside Prolo so your body will be able to respond optimally, possibly reducing the number of treatments.
The ideal Prolo candidate has the following:
Pain originating from a ligament or tendon
Strong immune system
Willingness to improve and receive follow-up visits
Positive mental outlook
Just like with other medical procedures, Prolo is a specialty, a technique that is perfected over time with experience. It is best performed by a doctor who has been trained and accredited. Many general practitioners are beginning to offer treatments because they have heard of the benefits; it is in your best interest to be treated by a professional who has extensive knowledge of the treatment.