Prolotherapy, also known as “Ligament-Tendon Reconstructive Therapy” is a recognized orthopedic procedure used by highly trained physicians to reduce chronic pain. Trauma from falls, athletic injuries, car accidents, childbirth, and occupation can weaken and injure joints and the ligaments that hold them in place. The result is chronic, often disabling pain, loss of function, and arthritis.
Prolotherapy and PRP are regenerative injection therapies (RIT) that induce ligament, cartilage, tendon, and disc re-growth and regeneration.
Watch a video of how Prolotherapy has helped a patient:
Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) equates to the regeneration of normal tissue at the injury site. We use your bodies own growth factors, or Bioactive Proteins to encourage the in-growth of normal collagen and the remodeling of the previously injured tissue at the pain initiating site. In this way, your own growth factors become the Regenerative Injection Therapy Agent of choice.
While most patients undergo traditional medical evaluations (MRI, CT, etc) and conventional treatments of physical therapy, NSAIDs (Advil, Motrin, Celebrex, etc), and steroid injections, all too often they are left with chronic pain. The persistence of chronic pain is frequently the completely overlooked cause----Ligament Injury and Instability.
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Remember, ligaments and tendons hold and stabilize all of the joints in your body. Injuries can cause partial or full tears of the ligaments that left untreated, result in chronic pain and loss of daily activities. Some of the range of treatments that respond favorably to Prolotherapy include, Tendonitis, Partial Rotator Cuff Tears, Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Neck Pain, Low Back Pain, Hip Pain, Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain.
This procedure involves injecting a “proliferative agent”, usually Dextrose, Cod Liver Oil, and/or Homeopathic Medicines into the attachment of the ligaments or tendons, where they attach to the bones of the neck, back, shoulder, knee, foot, etc. The result is that the “ proliferative agent” causes the body in the area of the injury to create small amounts of beneficial scar tissue to stabilize the joint. Steven Love, M.D., an advocate of Prolotherapy, refers to the technique as “spot welding” the damaged areas. The result is a stronger, more stable, and, often, pain-free joint.
Another patient, Ed Martin talks about how Prolotherapy got back his throwing arm:
Martin Gallagher, M.D., D.C. is a faculty member and instructor for the Hackett Hemwall Foundation at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. The HHF is the primary medical organization responsible for physician training in the field of Prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is often combined with Chiropractic manipulation, nutritional prescriptions, and acupuncture to enhance its effectiveness. Dr. Gallagher is also part of a team of doctors who are travel to Honduras to treat patients who have chronic pain. Dr. Gallagher also participates in training local Honduran physicians to care for their citizens, using Prolotherapy.
The following articles highlight Dr. Gallagher's recent trip to Honduras to treat people with chronic pain using prolotherapy:
The National Institutes of Health and the US Library of Medicine have conducted several studies on the effectiveness of Prolotherapy. The list includes:
Treatment frequency varies from 6-12 treatments per condition, depending on the severity of the problem. For more information, call us at 1-800-834-4325 or email us.