What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is an orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes in order to repair and strengthen painful and injured joints and connective tissue. The aim of this therapy is to treat the joint pain both inside and out of the joint space. When tendons or ligaments (connective tissue) are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding destabilizes and becomes painful. By treating joint pain both inside and out of the joint space, the cause of the instability can be directly addressed, the weakened sites can be repaired, joint pain can be relieved and new collagen tissue is produced. This results in permanent stabilization of the joint. Once the joint is stable, the pain usually resolves.
Prolotherapy can treat:
- Low back or mid-back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Knee meniscal tears
- Hand or wrist pain
- Shoulder pain (including torn rotator cuffs)
- Elbow pain
- Foot pain
- Ankle pain
- IT band syndrome
- Temporal mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
- And more!
How prolotherapy works
Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms to produce new tissue in the weakened area. This is achieved via direct injection into the injury site, essentially “tricking” the body to repair itself. The mild inflammatory response that is created encourages growth of new, normal ligament or tendon fibers. This results in a tightening of the weakened structure. Additional treatments repeat the process in order to allow for a gradual buildup of tissue to restore the original strength to the area. Prolotherapy injections include dextrose, saline, sarapin, lidocaine or procaine. Newer formulas include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and adult stem cells.
What to expect during your appointment
When you come in for your appointment, we will inject the formula into the targeted area of your body. Any pain involving the injection will vary according to the joint or structure treated and the choice of formula. Treatments may result in a temporary increase in pain with mild stiffness and swelling. This discomfort usually passes fairly quickly and can be reduced with over-the-counter pain medication. Anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin and ibuprofen) should be taken for pain relief because they suppress the desired inflammatory healing process that prolotherapy produces.
What to expect from the results
Prolotherapy does have a high success rate, but your success will depend on a few factors. These factors include the history of damage to the treated area, your overall health and ability to heal and any underlying nutritional or other deficiencies that would impede the healing process. Treatment intervals will depend on the specific issue and the severity of the area being treated. Typical intervals between treatment are every 3-6 weeks, with an average interval of once a month. You may receive a total of 4-6 treatments, although this will vary and may be more frequent or take longer, depending on your condition.
Request an appointment in Fairbanks, Alaska
If you live in the Interior and you experience frequent joint pain, request an appointment at Revive Aesthetics. We can assess your condition and will determine if prolotherapy is right for you. To get started, call (907) 371-1766.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.