Prolotherapy is a non-surgical ligament reconstruction for chronic joint pain relief.
Most joint pain (including back, shoulder, neck, and knees) is caused by ligament laxity or instability. Ligaments are fibrous bands that stretch across joints attaching bones to each other. If the ligaments are loose or weak, the joint becomes unstable and allows rubbing of the bones against the cartilage. Cartilage creates a cushion between the bones. This process causes pain. It often causes wearing down of the cartilage, allowing bone on bone; this of course, also causes pain.
Prolotherapy, administered by injection to the affected area, causes the "proliferation" or new growth/formation of ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak. It does this by creating localized inflammation in the weak area; this in turn increases blood supply to the area, as well as delivering nutrients to the area and triggers the healing process.
It may take several treatments to achieve complete relief, however most patients start feeling the healing process begin after only one or two treatments.
These areas/injuries respond well to prolotherapy:
• Back - all areas • Slipped/ruptured disc • Strained back • Scoliosis • Knee pain • Damaged ACL • Medial and lateral collateral ligament
• Shoulder • Rotator cuff damage • Hip
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