What is Prolotherapy? Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection that uses Dextrose (sugar water), Saline and Lidocaine. It works by boosting the bodies ability to heal itself. Dextrose is both nutritive to tissues and mildly irritating. This tricks the body into thinking it has been re-injured. This results in a cascade of cytokines and growth factors in the area which help to repair the tissue.
Here are 3 reasons why you should try Prolotherapy injections-
They are affordable for most people. At only $300 per joint Prolotherapy injections are a treatment accessible to many more people than stem cell injections or joint replacements.
They can reduce painful inflammation. Inflammation is a driver of pain. While it can be beneficial at times if it continues out of control it can cause problems. Prolotherapy helps to reduce inflammation and heal tissue. This results in less pain and discomfort.
Prolotherapy capitalizes on your bodies ability to heal itself. Cortisone injections can reduce pain and swelling for a short time, usually a few weeks to a few months. Prolotherapy injections are using your bodies own healing mechanisms to heal. This can result in long term relief from old injuries, decreased inflammation and a reduction in nagging pain. Prolotherapy is generally administered in monthly treatments over a 3-month period. Some people will experience lasting relief after the first treatment and others may need a few rounds to achieve maximum benefit.
If you would like more information on how Prolotherapy can help you call my office. I offer complimentary phone consultations to help you decide if this treatment is right for you. You can also sign up for my newsletter via my website at https://bareintegrativemedicine.com
In health, Dr. Detorres
Highlights from the study linked below-
- Animal models suggest specific tissue responses to hypertonic dextrose, including proliferation.
- Clinical benefit in human studies is not explained by proliferation alone; the mechanism of dextrose prolotherapy (DPT) is likely multifactorial.
- PT is efficacious for knee osteoarthritis and likely efficacious for finger osteoarthritis and Osgood-Schlatter disease.
- Moderate-quality randomized clinical trial (RCT) evidence supports use of DPT in rotator cuff tendinopathy, lateral epicondylosis, plantar fasciopathy and nonsurgical sacroiliac pain.