Prolotherapy, also called proliferation therapy is a non-surgical and injection-based treatment used in chronic musculoskeletal conditions. It is a procedure where a natural irritant is injected into the soft tissue of an injured joint to kick start the body’s healing response, you will feel worse before you feel better, but the aim is to strengthen the ligaments in the joint resulting in better stability and pain relief.
What is Prolotherapy? And how does it work?
Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative joint injection or non-surgical ligament and tendon reconstruction, is part of the Regenerative medicine. It is a procedure where a natural irritant solution, such as a sugar called dextrose, is injected into the ligaments, tendons and the soft tissue of an injured joint. Once dextrose is injected at certain concentrations, it will trigger a natural healing process in the connective tissue of the joint, stimulating repair and the body will start to strengthen and repair damaged ligaments in the joint. The strengthening of the ligaments, over time, helps to stabilize the joint. And once the joint is better supported, the pain can disappear.
In some cases, people with chronic conditions, such as arthritis or osteoarthritis, may wish to use prolotherapy to help ease their pain.
Prolotherapy requires several treatments at the site of the injury or weakened area to be effective. It usually requires anywhere from 4 to 20 injections per session and several sessions over the course of three to six months, followed by occasional, as-needed treatment allowing a gradual build-up of tissue to restore the original strength to the area.