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Prolotherapy is one of the lesser-known alternative or complementary treatments for muscle and joint pain. Prolotherapy is an injection therapy in which an irritant solution is injected into a joint, tendon, or ligament to heal the affected structure and ultimately relieve pain. This is an effective treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. At last a real treatment, not just symptom relief.

Prolotherapy actually heals ligamentous strain using mild inflammation to trigger the healing cascade and generate new collagen.

This can relieve:

  • Low back pain
  • Whiplash
  • Upper back pain
  • Headaches
  • Patellar dislocation
  • Osteoarthritic knees
  • Tennis and golfers elbow
  • Sporting injuries to knees, shoulders, wrists, ankles etc
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocation & many other musculoskeletal problems.

Prolotherapy has also been referred to as regenerative injection therapy, sclerotherapy, proliferative therapy, ligament reconstruction therapy, and fibro-osseous injection therapy. Usually the irritant solution used for prolotherapy contains glucose, and sometimes anaesthetic agents, too.

By injecting the irritant solution directly into the site of an impaired ligament, tendon, or joint, prolotherapy essentially creates a controlled injury that stimulates natural healing through the growth of new tissue. The injection itself causes a mild inflammatory reaction that stimulates new tissue fibers to form and restore the impaired structure.

Typically, prolotherapy is administered every 1 to 3 weeks; your doctor will determine how often it needs to be repeated. Success of the treatment is said to depend on your ability to heal, though no nutritional deficiency or secondary conditions should impair healing.