Prolotherapy – 2

 Are you a candidate for Prolotherapy?

There are three indicators, that if present, are strong support for Prolotherapy offering help to patients suffering from chronic pain.  First- if there is a history of injury, even years before the onset of pain; Second- joint manipulation provides temporary relief of pain, even if only for a few hours; Third- a positive examination by a trained Prolotherapist.  If these three criteria are met there is a very high probability that Prolotherapy will result in significant reduction or elimination of chronic pain.

What kind of chronic pain can be treated?

Practically, wherever a joint can be injured, it can be treated with Prolotherapy.  However, common problem areas treated are; whiplash injury, chronic low back pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, chronic knee and ankle pain and TMJ dysfunction to name a few.  The patients that I see for these complaints have generally seen many other doctors and on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being severe pain, they are all above a 5.  Yet, with that history, most see significant improvement from Prolotherapy.  Also, length of time since the injury is not a limiting factor to restarting the healing process.

Mechanism of Action

Multiple injections are given in and around the injury site with a very safe solution of dextrose and lidocaine.  The solution at the injury site causes a low grade inflammation to occur which the body recognizes as a new injury.  This inflammation re-starts the healing process that initially was halted by anti-inflammatory medication or when not enough time was given for adequate healing at the time of injury .

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