Prolotherapy is an injection technique that stimulates growth of cells and tissue that stabilize and strengthen weakened joints, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The injected solution intentionally causes controlled irritation in the injected tissue. This irritation is an inflammatory response, which increases the blood supply and thereby stimulates the tissue to heal and regrow new tissue.
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Alaska Prolotherapy Doctors
Michael Fischer, MD
Arizona Prolotherapy Doctors
Donese Worden, NMD
David Tallman, DC, NMD
Donese Worden, NMD
Fred Arnold, NMD
Michael Cronin, ND
Robb D. Bird, NMD
Jorge B. Cochran, ND, NMD
Donna Alderman, DO
Ligaments stabilize joints, if ligaments are loose, the joint is loose. Loose joints means the body will cause muscles to spasm and overgrow bone in an effort to stabilize the joint. Since stabilization will not occur; the joint will begin to make the “cracking” sound. Cracking of a joint means arthritis is starting. Additionally, if the joint periodically swells or feels painful during cold weather, arthritis is starting to form. If a joint or ligament is traumatized by injury and not fully allowed to heal, traumatic arthritis develops. Many of the old-time athletes I see in my practice have some form of traumatic arthritis. However! Exercise and sports participation do not cause arthritis; only an injury to the joint causes arthritis.
Calcium Deposits and Bone Spurs
Anytime you hear the terms calcium deposit or spur, think arthritis. The body will overgrow bone to stabilize an injured joint. This bone overgrowth is called arthritis. After thinking arthritis, when the surgeon offers to remove the spur or deposit, say “No thanks, I’ll get some Prolotherapy.”
If the injured ligaments are treated early with Prolotherapy, the joints strengthen and there is no longer a need for the body to grow bone spurs and calcium deposits in an attempt to stabilize loose joints and ligaments, thereby preventing the development of this type of arthritis. Prolotherapy is the only treatment I know of which can strengthen the joint and eliminate the pain of traumatic arthritis totally and completely.
One of my patients is an avid bodybuilder, who suffered from chronically loose joints and pain. He went the route of surgery, cortisone shots, tons of anti-inflammatories, and was left with traumatic shoulder arthritis. After several prolotherapy treatments he told me, “My shoulder continues to become stronger and much more stable. I have no more pain, I no longer need anti-inflammatory drugs. I am able to go to the gym regularly and do exercises I could not do before, because I was frightened that my shoulder would go out and the extreme pain would come back. The Prolotherapy has ended my 15 year battle with my shoulder problems. Thanks, Doctor.”
Scott R. Greenberg, MD
Many of us who have had back pain will also feel the pain radiating down the leg, into the hip, and into the buttock. It takes a great degree of skill, experience, and knowledge to determine what the appropriate treatment is for a patient with these symptoms. We cannot just rely on the MRI, no matter how abnormal the disc or joint may seem. The following case will illustrate this:
Marc Darrow, MD
In our practice we often see patients who are in severe back pain with an MRI, X-ray and/or scan that shows an inaccurate picture to determining a treatment plan. For instance, a patient can have muscle spasm from a simple back strain which can cause excruciating pain and may limit one’s ability to walk or even stand. Conversely, a large herniated disc may be completely painless. Yet that large herniated disc will send the patient for a surgery.
Ross Hauser, MD
Research is ongoing in an attempt to solve the problem of issues with total knee replacements. One solution is to limit the patients getting the surgery and decrease the number of knee replacements performed. (1)
Pain after total knee replacements
Pain after surgery, need for revision surgery, need for non-revision surgery, poor wound healing, hematomas, and risk of mortality all come with total knee replacements. In response to this need for a conservative treatment, a recent study published in the Tehran University Medical Journal compared dextrose Prolotherapy with another conservative knee treatment, hyaluronic acid injections. (2)