Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are biological substances that contain growth factors that when injected induce the body to grow new soft tissue, including ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joint cartilage.
The healing process can be impeded when injuries are treated with anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or Naprosyn, or prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaids) to relieve pain and swelling. You have to discontinue at least temporarily this type of medication. If you cannot, speak with the doctor.
Cortisone shots suppress inflammation and provide temporary relief for a chronic condition. Steroid injections do not grow new soft tissue. In fact, cortisone can damage your soft tissue and make the chronic condition worse by further weakening the loose soft tissue. Prolotherapy or PRP injections given over several months are meant to provide a permanent benefit. Prolotherapy essentially tricks the body into initiating a healing response.
The frequency of treatment is usually every 2-6 weeks. The number of treatments is usually 3-12, but can vary with the severity, duration, age, and other health problems.