Prolotherapy is a treatment method to treat tendons, joints and ligaments. It is an injection procedure and is repeated at intervals of about 4-6 weeks until the tissue has completely healed.
Prolotherapy for joints is done for 3 major purposes:
- To stabilize a loose joint with loose ligaments
- To reduce pain
- To prevent certain surgeries
Joints can get loose or hypermobile due to injuries such as sprains or simply from aging. They can also be loose related to Benign Hypermobile Joint Syndrome. A loose joint can lead to arthritis or pain from the joint or from muscles. A loose joint can also lead to disc or nerve problems if it is in the low back or neck.
Tendons can develop tendinitis and then become chronic which is called Tendinopathy. Tendons with tendinopathy are degenerative and can be weaker, painful or susceptible to tearing. Prolotherapy can be used to regenerate certain tendons in the body in order to heal them.
Prolotherapy is the injection of certain solutions to get the body to respond with certain growth factors and other biochemicals to produce more ligament or tendon tissue.
Prolotherapy has been done for at least 50 years and requires specialized training and courses to become an expert at it. Dr. Musnick has had thousands of hours of training and experience in prolotherapy and has successfully treated hundreds of patients over the past 20 years.
Future blogs will go into more detail regarding prolotherapy for low back, sacroiliac, hands, shoulders and tendons.
David Musnick MD