Prolotherapy is a natural, non-surgical procedure that involves an injection of an irritant solution (often a form of sugar called dextrose) into joints, or into injured or unstable ligaments or tendons.
The goal of prolotherapy is to stimulate healing and reduce pain. The injection of a hypertonic solution such as dextrose stimulates a mild inflammatory response that begins a healing process The end result of this immune response is the production of collagen fibers that strengthen and repair ligaments and tendons.
Strengthening the injured area in this manner reduces pain, and promotes greater stability and function The existence of overly lax ligaments and tendons in and around the joints and the spine turns out to be the root cause of many painful and debilitating musculoskeletal conditions. Many of these conditions are chronic and resistant to other therapies.
Prolotherapy strengthens and tightens loose ligaments and tendons, like taking a screwdriver to the loose structures. A prolotherapy “tune-up” can solve the problem at its root, permanently reducing or eliminating symptoms.
Prolotherapy has a proven track record of several decades of safe and effective clinical use. For many patients, it offers a safe and effective alternative to pain medications and surgery. It can help when other treatments have failed. Prolotherapy also offers patients an “anti-aging” approach to slow down and even reverse some of the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis.