Prolotherapy

PROLOTHERAPY

Unique pain therapy.

Prolotherapy is a specialised technique of treating some musculoskeletal problems by way of a series of injections.

A premise behind this treatment is that many people who suffer from pain, stiffness or instability do so because the various associated soft tissue structures are permanently stretched or ‘damaged’ in some way.

The soft tissue structures (especially the ligaments and fascia) that hold the skeleton together, and in proper alignment, may become damaged from accident or injury, or by various repeated strains, or just through the passage of time.

This is somewhat akin to a cupboard door hinge with a loose screw – the door becomes difficult to open and close, and doesn’t function properly. If it was possible to tighten the loose screw, the door will once again function the way it originally did.

With prolotherapy, a proliferating agent (this practice uses a sterile glucose solution) is strategically injected into the probable damaged tissues, and a healing process begins. With repeated injections, and some time (several weeks to months), the damaged area becomes stronger, less painful, less stiff, and generally more functional. Depending on the age of the patient, their underlying health and nutritional status, and possibly some other factors, this healing benefit may be very long-lived, of the order of months or years.

Glucose is used at this practice, as it is safe, sterile, and generally elicits the desired healing response.

It is very important to note that x-rays, various scans and MRI’s do not show pain! X-rays and scans will only show the bones and tissues that they are designed to show. Many people will have progressive degeneration of their spine and joints, BUT this is a natural process, and not necessarily an illness.

Various studies show that there is not a clear correlation between a patient’s symptoms, such as pain and stiffness, and the findings on an x-ray or MRI scan.

Hence, even if someone has “arthritis” of their spine, this does not mean that good improvements cannot be made with various treatments, including prolotherapy.

Prolotherapy can be utilised for a very large number of disorders, just some of which include:-

  • Low back pain
  • Spinal pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Foot/arch pain

Various tendonopathy conditions:-

  • Tennis elbow
  • Achilles tendonopathy