Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine Pain Treatment
Prolotherapy was first used in 1937. It is a very safe and proven medical treatment using biochemical stimulant injections that aid in the repair of injured or weakened tissues. It gently “turns on” the healing mechanisms in our body and stimulates repair. Under fluoroscopy (x-ray) or ultrasound, the medication is injected to the target area, causing the release of multiple growth factors to produce a natural healing effect. The healing process can last for several months, however, depending on the severity of the condition, several treatments may be required.
Prolotherapy mimics the body’s natural response to an injury – increasing the blood supply and nutrients to the area, and stimulating tissue repair. These injections have a wide application by helping to heal tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, joint capsules, joint cartilage and other weakened or injured body parts. Specifically, Prolotherapy is used for hand and wrist pain, tennis and golfers’ elbow, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain, Achilles tendon pain & partial tears, ankle & foot pain, many forms of arthritis and any tendon or ligament strain or partial tear.
A Florida Academy of Pain Medicine position paper, reviewing 40 case studies with 530,000 participants, noted an improvement of up to 82% success in the ability to return to work and participate in previous functional activities.
Research in the area of Regenerative Medicine and Prolotherapy has been enhanced with the new interest in stem cells and the potential of repairing and regenerating human tissue. This rapidly growing area of medical treatment will continue to be on the forefront of medical research with continued innovative treatments and applications.