Understanding Prolotherapy And How It WorksJanuary 26, 2018
What Is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a form of therapy that makes use of the body’s natural responses to injury to relieve pain and promote healing. Also known as proliferative or regenerative therapy, it has proven to be very useful in treatment of stiff joints and muscle pains. The best part is that it is minimally invasive and eliminates the need to rely on painkillers.
The Procedure And How It Works
With Prolotherapy, a special solution is injected into the joint space or injured tendon. Depending on the condition and the extent of injury, the injections are given every 2 to 6 weeks in an aseptic controlled environment.
Current And Proposed Applications Of This Treatment
Currently, Prolotherapy is indicated for muscle and joint injuries. It is particularly popular with sports injuries, such as ligament tears, muscle sprains, etc. The safe and quick mode of action is responsible for its widespread popularity and ensures that athletes are back on their feet in no time.
Prolotherapy has also been proven to be very effective in the treatment of chronic lower back pain, tendonitis as well as arthritis.
There is currently research going on in its application in other conditions. And with the success rates seen with these current applications, there is no doubt that proliferation therapy is the future of regeneration medicine.
Possible Risks And Side Effects
To date, there have been very minimal side effects/risks reported. However, we do suggest that the best way to avoid any side effects is by ensuring that you work with formally trained experts. It is also important to avoid the treatment if the joint or tendon in question is already inflamed because of local infection or trauma such as fractures.
Would You Benefit From Prolotherapy?
If you have some form of chronic joint or muscle pain, then chances are that Prolotherapy will help relieve you of the excruciating burden. Whether it is early onset arthritis or chronic back pain due to age, you can rest assured that you will be dumping your pain meds in no time.
At New York Interventional Pain, Dr. Sosner offers prolotherapy. To see if you are a candidate, contact us today to book a consultation at (646) 846-5545.