Prolotherapy strengthens the integrity of joints by thickening tendons or ligaments that have been stretched from overuse or injury. Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones within the joint. When ligaments become weak or injured they may not heal back to their original strength. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited and, therefore, healing is slow and not always complete.
To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings and, therefore, patients will feel pain in areas where ligaments are damaged or loose. Tendons are the name given to tissue which connects muscles to bones and in the same manner, tendons may also become injured and cause pain. Prolotherapy increases circulation to the affected area and, as a result, regenerative growth factors are delivered to the injury as wastes are removed. Prolotherapy has also been shown to regenerate cartilage and meniscus.
CONDITIONS TREATED WITH PROLOTHERAPY
•Unresolved whiplash injuries
•Carpal tunnel syndrome
•Partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage
•Degenerated or herniated discs
Prolotherapy often requires more than one visit; however this is usually much better and less invasive than surgery. A patient can expect some soreness in the area that is treated. Each patient is different and some people leave feeling great and never need another treatment. Most patients have improvement as they continue treatment and follow treatment guidelines.
Dr. Marie uses a specific set of protocols designed to optimize the healing of the treated area and assist the body in this healing response. After treatment has accomplished the remodeling of the tissue, the appropriate cellular anti-inflammatory agents are used to prevent future pain and dysfunction.
Prolotherapy solutions are customized to optimize growth factors and to provide necessary cofactors and nutrients for the regeneration of tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and meniscus. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) prolotherapy is which the patient’s blood is collected and spun down to the platelets which contain your own growth factors is an option as well as progenitor cell injections.
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