Surgery damages cartilage leading to further pain, injury and quickens the arthritis process.
Ideally a person should avoid arthroscopy. But if arthroscopic surgery has already happened, Prolotherapy is a good option to halt the arthritic process.
We recently had a Prolotherapy knee patient who had undergone surgery only to find out four years later he had less cartilage than before the surgery. Let’s take a look at what happened to his knee. In 2002 he experienced knee pain and went to see his doctor. Although the X-ray showed excellent joint space the doctor suggested arthroscopic surgery. Ted went through with the surgery and was hopeful to get back to his life sans knee pain.
Fast forward four years and Tom is still dealing with knee pain. The pain had escalated to the point that he returned to see his doctor to see what was going on. This 2006 X-ray shows less cartilage than before surgery, indicating the development of osteoarthritis in his knee. Why is this a problem? The knee joint (and most joints in the body) function as a result of the unique properties of the articular cartilage that covers and protects the ends of the bones. When cartilage is damaged or removed knee function declines as bone rubs against bone instead of cartilage over cartilage. Hence, pain develops as cartilage decreases.
Ted was discouraged with the cartilage loss in his knee and wanted to know what he could do to increase it. An internet search lead him to Caring Medical and Prolotherapy. He learned that Prolotherapy is an injection technique that stimulates healing to regenerate damaged or decreased cartilage. Ted made an appointment and met with our Prolotherapist, Dr. Ross Hauser. Dr. Hauser assured him that Prolotherapy could help his knee pain. After a series of Prolotherapy treatments Ted’s knee was pain free. He became a believer in Prolotherapy and returned for treatment to his wrist, shoulder and neck for headaches. In 2012 he had another MRI of his knee that revealed increased joint space, meaning more cartilage! Ted knew that Prolotherapy is what had helped prevent the joint from further degeneration.
Prolotherapy helped maintain the joint space that significantly decreased within only 4 years of having arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopy can have long lasting poor effects on the joint by speeding along the osteoarthritic process. Prolotherapy can stop the arthritic process in its tracks by regenerating healthy cartilage.