What Is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is an injection procedure used for joint and muscle pain, and in particular, ligament and tendon damage and consists of a mixture of Dextrose, B12 and Lidocaine. Typically, there is a low risk for adverse events, such as anaphylaxis or infection.
This solution is designed to relieve pain, rebuild and strengthen connective tissues within and surrounding joints and provides stability to the joint. Prolotherapy has been used successfully for the past 80 years for joint pain and is superior to NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories), which damages the liver and kidneys. NSAID’s also impedes joint repair processes by consuming co-factors needed for building and repairing tissues. These co-factors are then used for detoxifying NSAID’s by the liver. For this reason, patients taking NSAID’s have limited benefit and typically use them for long periods and at the same time increasing their chance of liver and kidney damage. Additionally, all NSAID’s cause GI bleeding and may lead to other GI complaints and future chronic diseases.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma or “PRP” is blood plasma which has been enriched with platelets through a process of separation of whole blood. This process involves using the patient’s own blood, by which there should be no immune reaction. Platelets contain many different growth factors and cytokines which promote the healing and growth of bone and soft tissues. When properly administered PRP is safe and effective in accelerating the body’s natural healing mechanisms as the concentration of platelets is much higher. PRP is useful in the treatment of ligament and tendon injuries and many professional athletes and others have credited PRP with speeding their recovery as well as pain relief and increased function. Adverse events are rare and usually limited to pain at the injection site.
PRP is used for connective tissue injuries occurring in joints and soft tissues to stimulate healing and regeneration. Most often the areas typically injected with PRP are the joints of the body including shoulders, back, hips, knees and ankles. MRI imaging has shown regrowth of cartilage, bone and soft tissues on Patient’s who have received PRP treatment.
What Can I Do To Help Increase Joint Repair?
When prolotherapy and PRP are used with specific supplements and co-factors, successful joint repair can be achieved with results seen soon after. Joints and all connective tissues need specific co-factors for joint repair, which are essential for adding stability to the joint and provide pain relief as well as increased range of motion. Without these co-factors, repair processes are delayed. When the proper supplements are taken to help support joint and connective tissue repair, healing is accelerated and as a result patients typically take less pain medications, or not at all. When patients are able to stop using NSAID’s for pain relief, they increase their success for healthy joints and limit the probability for organ damage and increase their detoxification of harmful substances from the body.