What is Prolotherapy and What Conditions Does it Treat?
Prolotherapy ("Proliferative Injection Therapy") is a type of injection therapy that involves injecting an otherwise nonpharmacological and nonactive irritant solution into the body. The prolotherapy injection is generally applied in the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue, and alleviating musculoskeletal pain. Dozens of studies show benefits of prolotherapy for people with chronic pain, as well as those with sports injuries.
What Compounds are Used in Prolotherapy Injections?
Many solutions are used, including Dextrose, Lidocaine (a commonly used local anaesthetic), Phenol (an alcohol), Glycerine, or Cod Liver Oil extract.
Where are Prolotherapy Injections Applied?
Prolotherapy injections are given into joints, or where tendon connects to bone. Many points may require prolotherapy injections. The injected solution causes the body to heal itself through the process of inflammation and repair. In the case of weakened or torn connective tissue, induced inflammation and release of growth factor at the site of injury may result in a 3040% strengthening of the attachment points.
How Long Do Prolotherapy Injections Take?
Prolotherapy injection sessions are generally given every 12 weeks, and the initial treatment cycle usually needs about 6 sessions. After that, many patients receive treatment at less and less frequent intervals until treatments are required only every several years, if at all. Side effects are minimal, and may include some transient stiffness and aching in the injected area, but this typically passes quickly.
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