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Suffering From A Muscle Injury? Prolotherapy Might Be the Regenerative Treatment Option for you!

Non-operative treatments options for musculoskeletal pain are a conservative intervention to provide effective symptom relief. Many painful musculoskeletal conditions can be treated with regenerative injection treatments which stimulate the body to heal itself and avoid surgical intervention. 

Prolotherapy, also known as proliferative therapy, is a unique regenerative treatment that can help treat a variety of chronic pain conditions including injuries of cartilage, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.  Prolotherapy is useful in treating chronic lower back pain, chronic neck pain, sacroiliac dysfunction, Achilles tendonitis, and tennis elbow among a range of other conditions. 

When a tissue is injured, the body will begin the healing process.  This involves your body using an inflammatory process to replace damaged tissue with new and healthy tissue.  During that healing process, damaged tissue may not be replaced appropriately, and this can often lead to weakness and chronic pain. In these situations, prolotherapy is an ideal treatment option.

Prolotherapy involves injecting a solution which is usually a combination of concentrated dextrose and a local anesthetic.  This solution is injected into the painful ligament, tendon, or joint and will intentionally cause irritation.  The irritation will force the body into restarting the healing process by increasing the blood supply and stimulating tissue growth.  The result is strengthened and stabilized joints, ligaments, and tendons as well as reduced pain. 

The prolotherapy procedure is performed under fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy and safety.  The appointment will take approximately 30 minutes.  Initially, there may be stiffness and mild swelling; however, most patients will be able to return to normal activity immediately after the procedure.  Multiple sessions may be required in order to gain the full efficacy of prolotherapy.

Prolotherapy is a unique and exciting alternative treatment for many chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders.  It can provide excellent relief without the risks that come from surgical intervention. Be sure to consult with your physician to see if you are a candidate for prolotherapy.

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