Most joint pain, including neck and back pain, is caused by damaged, unhealed ligaments and tendons. Even if there are disc problems or cartilage problems or bone spurs or other abnormalities present, pain may still be arising from damaged, unhealed ligaments and tendons. Conventional treatments which include anti-inflammatory and steroid medication given either orally or as an injection serve only to temporarily relieve the pain and may further reduce your ability to heal and, in the long run, will cause damage to your bones and connective tissue. Anti-inflammatory and steroid medication only treat the symptoms, not the cause of your pain. Prolotherapy is the only therapy which successfully treats the underlying cause of most joint pain rather than just treat the symptoms.
Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment which stimulates healing of the underlying cause of joint pain and instability. Also known as Regenerative Injection Therapy or Nonsurgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction, it works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing processes to repair injured ligaments to lay down new, strong collagen fibers and cells. The previously damaged tissue goes through the same healing cascade as when first injured and now prompts healing in the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. It is 80% or more effective in curing pain caused by damage, unhealed connective tissue and returns the structure to full load bearing capacity.
Prolotherapy is used to treat chronic pain in joints due to unhealed connective tissue, ligament, and tendon damage. Prolotherapy is used to treat cartilage loss in joints, particularly in hip joints and knee joints that cause pain with movement. Prolotherapy is used in the treatment of acute injuries, especially sports injuries, when you want accelerated healing. Elite athletes are knowledgeable about prolotherapy and prefer this type of treatment.
Prolotherapy is used to treat arthritis, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, unresolved whiplash injuries, chronic tendinitis, partially torn tendons, ligaments, cartilage, degenerated or herniated disks, TMJ, and sciatica. This treatment is based on the theory that chronic pain is often caused by laxity or looseness of the ligaments that are responsible for keeping a joint stable. When ligaments and tendons are loose, the body compensates by using muscles to stabilize the joint thus resulting in muscle spasm and pain. A lack of ligament and tendon healing leads to chronic pain. Prolotherapy treatment involves a series of injections of natural solutions into the injured area around such ligaments and tendons. These solutions cause the tissue to proliferate or grow, increasing the strength and thickness of the ligaments and tendons. This tightens the joint and relieves the burden on the surrounding muscles thus stopping muscle spasms and the associated pain. Ligaments, which are the structural “bands” that hold bones to bones can become weak and lose their original strength or endurance. The blood supply to ligaments and tendons is limited and therefore healing is slow or incomplete, and the ligaments have many nerve endings that are responsible for causing the pain in the injured area. Tendons, which connect muscles to bones, become weak and painful when injured due to non-healing also.
Prolotherapy involves the use of dextrose or sugar-water solution, which is injected in to the ligament or tendon where it is attached, to the bone. This causes a localized low-grade inflammatory reaction (a good thing) to allow blood vessels and growth factors to enter the injured area and increase the activity of the fibrocytes and other cells to lay down the reparative connective tissue in the area of disrepair and allow healing to occur, resulting in relief of pain.
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