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You may be asking “What is Prolotherapy?” Prolotherapy is a non surgical treatment for chronic soft tissue damage in your body. It involves injecting a solution into the body, in the general region of the tendon or ligaments that have weakened connective tissue to help strengthen it and relieve the pain associated with the tissue damage.
Short for “proliferation therapy,” it works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to repair the injured tissue and painful joint areas. The treatment started being used in the nineteen thirties. It became more widely used in the nineteen fifties by Dr. George Hackett, who did extensive studies into the therapy and began performing injections of irritant solutions in an effort to repair hernias and joints.
All joints will respond to the treatment. Plus, the treatment had been successful in cases involving almost all types of back pain, hernias, sciatica, arthritis, and back fractures. It can also help in unstable joints, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, and knee joint problems.
Clinical studies, show that this type of therapy can have an eighty to ninety percent success rate in chronic pain patients. It can also help reduce overall healing time, thus getting you feeling better and back to your normal life in much less time than surgery requires. Studies have shown that the tendon size can increase from this treatment as much as thirty five to forty percent after just three injections. Successful treatment is considered to be the permanent fortification of a painful or incapacitated area. The patient is then able to resume doing activities that they were previously unable to accomplish or perform.
Many different people can benefit from alternative medicine. Here are some people that could consider this therapy for relief of their problem areas and chronic joint pain.
1. People who have shoulder pain, or have pain sleeping on their shoulders.
2. When Chiropractic adjustments help your joints, but don’t last for very long.
3. When your joints are better with rest and worse when you are performing an activity or placing strain on the joint.
4. Shoulder pain when you are moving or lifting your arm in everyday activities of life.
5. When you hear popping, clicking, or grinding in your joints when you move.
6. If have problems with or suffer from chronic joint dislocation.
7. Past surgeries that have failed to help the problem area or address the pain.
8. If you get shooting pains, tingling, or numbness in the problem area.
9. When your joint needs to be aided by a brace, splint, or sling.
10. When medicines, relaxants, or shots fail to resolve your pain or problem area
Side effects of the therapy can include swelling, nausea, sensitivity, headache, and tiredness to either the agent injected or the anesthetic. These side effects are only temporary and should go away within one to three days after the procedure. You may also experience stiffness and feel a bit sore in the area for a few days.
The number of treatments needed will be based on an individual bases and depends on the area and the amount of damage to the tissues in the area. Benefits are considered fulfilled when you receive full strength and the other symptoms of the problem have been resolved. Success is measured when examinations, after the procedure, show that the tendons and joints have become firm.
This is not a therapy for pain. It is used to strengthen your joints and ligaments. The strengthening is the effect of the treatment and the reduction of the pain is merely a side effect of your joints and ligaments becoming stronger. Which is probably the best side effect of a treatment that you can have!
Here at Dayton Medical Center we believe in implementing different options to treat you and help you become pain free and the best you possible. We implement different Alternative Medicine options to help you come into better health and well being.