Prolotherapy speeds the body’s natural healing process by proliferating healthy ligaments and tendons.
How it works: Prolotherapy stimulates a process that speeds up healing and stimulates the body to strengthen tendons, ligaments and joints. It can reduce or even eliminate pain and inflammation. It is a natural, effective and useful therapy for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including:
- Old injuries to knees, ankles, hips, elbows, wrists, shoulders, fingers and feet
- Back, neck, and rib pain of ligament and tendon origin
- Chronic tendonitis-inflammation of tendons
- Sports injuries of many kinds, including leg, arm, back and shoulder injuries
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) causing jaw, facial and shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, causing numbness and muscle weakness
Ligaments are the structural “hinges” that hold bone to bone to create a joint. When ligaments become weak or injured they may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. Because ligaments have so many nerve endings, ligament injuries can become extremely painful. Tendons attach muscles to bones. When they are injured they can become very painful and can be very difficult to heal due to continued usage.
The Prolotherapy process injects dextrose (sugar) and procaine (a local anesthetic) solution into and onto joints, ligaments and tendons. The ligament and tendon cells absorb the solution, stimulating the body to send healing blood components to the injection site. Proteins that serve as connective tissue, called collagen, are stimulated, which signals the body’s natural process to strengthen and restore joint function. Strength and mobility are increased as pain is greatly reduced or even eliminated.
Prolotherapy may sound new. However, it is one of the oldest methods of healing, finding it’s roots in ancient Chinese acupuncture. Why is Prolotherapy so seldom used today? Perhaps because it is so simple.
“Not many physicians are aware of Prolotherapy, and even fewer are adept at this form of treatment. One wonders why that is so. In my opinion, it is because medical folks are skeptical and Prolotherapy, unless you have tried it and proven its worth, seems to be too easy a solution to a series of complicated problems that afflict the human body and have been notoriously difficult to treat by any other method.”
- Everett Koop, Former U.S. Surgeon General
(Reprinted excerpt from Prolo Your Pain Away: Curing Chronic Pain with Prolothapy, Beulah Land Press 2000, Ross Hauser, M.D. and Marion Hauser, M.S., R.D. )
PROLOZONE THERAPY is used to treat tendon, ligament, muscle and joint injury (including low back pain), carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis. The area is injected with procaine, glucose, and vitamins and minerals to support healing, and then with ozone through the same needle. It can effectively resolve pain and inflammation, and repair damaged tissue without need for surgery.