Every joint in the body is held together by a ligament. When ligaments tear (we call this a “sprain”) the joint can become unstable, like in a sprained ankle. When ligaments tear around a vertebrae (i.e. “whiplash“), the spine becomes unstable. You experience muscle spasm because the muscles are trying to make up for the weakness in the spine.
Ligaments have a poor blood supply and don’t heal easily. Left to nature, ligament healing is usually complete by 6-8 weeks, and certainly by 3 months. If the ligaments heal back to their normal length and strength, the joint regains it’s stability and there is no pain. But if the ligaments are still stretched or elongated, the joint can become unstable. The instability will become chronic, experienced by most people as low-grade, nagging pain. This instability leads to excessive rubbing which leads to degenerative arthritic changes.
How Prolotherapy Helps
Prolotherapy stimulates the healing mechanism of our body’s tissues. It promotes the body’s own natural healing ability. Each treatment results in more and more tissue being regenerated in the needed areas in a natural, structural formation. The joints continue to become stronger and more stabilized. Thus, the natural functions of the body are regained. Conversely, pain lessens until, in most cases, it disappears entirely. Prolotherapy can be administered whenever ligaments, tendons, cartilage and/or discs are torn or worn.
There are numerous positive factors in Prolotherapy. First, it promotes the body’s own natural healing ability. Second, it restores and optimizes the body’s natural functions. No heavy drugs or surgery are used. Perhaps the greatest benefit of prolotherapy is that it relieves pain.
How effective is prolotherapy? In 1987 the Lancet, a respected British medical publication, reported that 35 out of 40 patients in an experimental prolotherapy group showed greater than 50% improvement. Another study, published in the U.S.’s Journal of Spinal Disorders in 1993, found similar results.