Let me start by saying that Prolotherapy is often used in conjunction withPhysical therapy, chiropractic care (excluding high velocity manipulation) and massage therapy. When physical therapy, chiropractic care and massage therapy is no longer resolving the problem, it is then that Prolotherapy is a great alternative treatment. There are certain conditions that physical therapy, chiropractic care and massage therapy often have partial success in but don’t cure the problem. Here are a few that I can think of off hand:
- Ligament sprains
- Tendon strains
- Joint Instability
- Degenerated Joint
- Degenerated Discs
- Tendon Tears
- Joint Subluxations
No one doubts that physical therapy can help a person get on a great exercise program to correct muscle imbalance problem. Likewise physical therapists and massage therapists can do wonders to get rid of muscle spasms, as can chiropractic care. But what is one to do if the joint continues to hurt, be swollen, or muscles continue to go into spasms. Well, if it were me I would seek out the care of a Prolotherapy doctor.
The diagnoses above are very commonly seen in our office. When a ligament is injured, joints move too much. That is why so many of us have a crunching sound in our joints. It means the ligaments are loose or weakened (there are other causes of course). When the ligaments can no longer stabilize the joint or vertebrae, the muscles go into spasms. Recurrent muscle spasms almost always point to an underlying ligament problem. When the muscles can no longer stabilize the unstable segments, you get an overgrowth of bone. That overgrowth of bone is called osteo- or degenerative arthritis. Degenerative arthritis is just the body’s response to stabilize an unstable area. So you see that ligament injury is typically the cause of degenerative arthritis. Since Prolotherapy injections help with ligament repair it typically helps relieve the pain of degenerative joints or spines. Generally people need three to six visits. The injections are typically given every four to six weeks.
The best treatment I know of to help a joint or ligament to become healthier is Prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is very effective in my opinion to help resolve the pain of the conditions mentioned above. When physical therapy, chiropractic care or massage therapy does work then the person should consider Prolotherapy as a great alternative.
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