Prolotherapy is a procedure used for the treatment of various ligament joint injuries. It involves injecting an irritant solution into the affected area, thereby beginning ligament repair.
It is essential to understand that it is not a surgical procedure but rather a minimally invasive therapy for sports injuries, chronic pain, musculoskeletal pain, etc. Prolotherapy is otherwise known as regenerative joint injection and non-surgical ligament and tendon reconstruction.
Although we commonly use prolotherapy for back problems, we also use it for knee, shoulder, hips, and other body joints treatment.
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There are three types of prolotherapy:
Which prolotherapy type is best for you will be determined based on your problem or injury, physical examination, and imaging.
The specialist needs to be well-trained as injections should be precise. Your doctor should apply the irritant solution only in specific areas which require ligament repair. Usually, a person will need more than one prolotherapy treatment session for better results. For best outcomes, a person will usually require more than one prolotherapy treatment session. Several sessions will take place over a few months, usually within 3 to 6 months. Each session may require 5 to 15 injections, depending on the injury severity and the affected joint. The repair of the torn ligament will begin after the injection is administered where it is required. Stronger joint ligaments will aid in joint stabilization.
Like any other treatment, prolotherapy has risks and potential side effects. Fortunately, minor issues have been reported so far, with the worst appearing to be a possible infection at the injection site. Fever and pain will accompany the infection, which is usually successfully treated with antibiotics.
Swelling at the injection site, discomfort, and pain have also been reported, but these symptoms typically resolve within a few days. Even though it appears that your problem has worsened as a result of prolotherapy, you will soon realize its benefits once these temporary symptoms are gone.
However, because prolotherapy is new and has not been thoroughly researched, unexpected side effects may arise.
First, you need to check with your healthcare provider if you are the right candidate for prolotherapy. This procedure is not suitable for everyone. We do not recommend prolotherapy for people with chronic medical conditions. In these cases, other treatment options may be more effective.
Suppose your doctor believes you might be a candidate for prolotherapy. In that case, they will likely order an x-ray to see if the procedure is feasible based on the location and severity of the injury.
If you’re taking anti-inflammatory medications, you should stop using them a few days before the procedure since they may prevent prolotherapy from working.
It’s also a good idea to eat a protein-rich meal right before prolotherapy.
Once you are ready for the procedure, people who perform it must clean and disinfect the skin area to administer the injections. After that, they will inject the irritant solution into the afflicted area with a long and thin needle. The affected area or joint determines the number of injections required.
Suppose you believe that prolotherapy could help relieve your pain and have tried anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroid injections but have not seen any real benefits. In that case, you can schedule a consultation with our specialists.
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