shutterstock_12539920-largeWhat is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy (proliferative therapy), also known as ligament reconstructive therapy or sclerotherapy, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis.  Joints get weakened when ligaments and tendons are stretched, torn, or fragmented and become hypomobile and painful. Traditional approaches with anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery often fail to stabilize the joint and relief pain permanently.  Prolotherapy has the unique ability to directly address the cause of instability and repair the weakened sites, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint. When precisely injected into the site of pain or injury, prolotherapy creates a mild, controlled inflammation which stimulates the body to lay down new tendon or ligament fibers, resulting in a strengthening of the weakened structure. When the joint becomes strong, pain will be relieved.

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Prolotherapy Procedure

Prolotherapy uses sugar based solutions and various other injectables, which are injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas, which then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients and stimulates the tissue to repair itself.  The area where the ligament attaches to the bone or other structures is injected with a proliferant (normally 15% Dextrose (sugar) mixed with Lidocaine, a local anesthetic). The proliferant solution causes a local reaction or inflammation. The body reacts by laying down collagen that in turn becomes new ligament or tendon tissue. We apply local anesthetics to numb the area to reduce the discomfort of the procedure. The injection process is repeated every 6-8 weeks. You may need a “booster” injection every year or so after the initial series.

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Benefits of Prolotherapy

The good thing about prolotherapy is that the results are more of a permanent nature. If prolotherapy is administered correctly by a trained medical practitioner and the patient is chosen well, there is an 80-90% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming pain free and for most people to have significantly less pain.

One of the newest advances in Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine is the use of Neurofascial Prolotherapy or Neural Prolotherapy, which was developed by Dr. John Lyftogt and Dr Dean Reeves. This should not be confused with traditional “German” Neural injection therapy. Neural Prolotherapy  (NPT) is an injection therapy with 5% dextrose (sugar) that focuses on treating the nerves in the skin that have become injured and entrapped due to inflammation. Although the nerves are superficial, the pain they create is often felt in the deeper tissues. NPT was born out of clinical observations and involves the treatment of Neurogenic inflammation. NPT is given just under the skin in or close to subcutaneous nerves at regular intervals. Dr John Lyftogt is the pioneer in this field and is now training medical doctors worldwide in this technique. Dr Lyftogt’s Research shows 89% of patients satisfied with 6.8 treatments with a mean follow up of 20 months.

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What to expect?

The treated area may be a little sore for a day or so, but this usually goes away.  Patients should not expect results for about 6 weeks. After that the patient will notice the pain level diminishing.

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