If you’re suffering from unstable ligaments, tendons and joint capsules, or chronic pain, Prolotherapy could be an excellent option for you. This is a natural treatment that triggers your body’s innate healing processes by using injections of a very safe concentrated sugar solution.
Synergy Health’s Dr. M.J. Atkins explains.
With all the modern advancements in medicine people are staying healthy and living longer lives.
Yet despite these improvements we are continuously told that joint pain and other chronic pain is normal. We expect that as we get older our joints will deteriorate with time and there’s nothing that can be done except wait until you become a candidate for surgery.
Nearly half of us may live with chronic pain
In fact, osteoarthritis can affect almost one out of two people as we age and for many these degenerative processes begin much earlier. Fortunately, a rapidly-developing new area of medicine called Regenerative Medicine have new solutions for joint pain at any stage.
PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma) and prolotherapy are just some of the regenerative medicine therapies becoming increasingly popular due to their success in stubborn cases.
Unlike traditional therapies they offer the ability to prevent re-injury and the deterioration of muscle, bone, ligaments and cartilage to restore joint health. PRP and prolotherapy are injection therapies using natural medicines that help to strengthen and tighten joint capsules and ligaments to reduce pain and to improve the health of degenerative cartilage.
Simulating the body’s natural healing process
The injections stimulate the body’s natural healing process allowing for tissue regeneration with as few as four treatments. Regenerative medicine should be considered whenever joint replacement is mentioned as these treatments may help to avoid unnecessary surgeries or prolong the need for joint replacement.
Receiving regenerative therapies both before and after surgery can also improve outcomes and cut healing time.
PRP can reduce time recovering from soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injuries and joint injuries are often complicated with prolonged and incomplete recovery. Conditions that respond best to PRP/Prolotherapy include ligament and tendon sprain, meniscus tears, knee osteoarthritis, joint laxity due to injury or arthritis, rotator cuff tears and tendonitis, S.I. joint instability and pain, and degenerative disc disease.
A typical treatment session involves drawing the patient’s own blood, and processing it using a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the blood cells. After extracting platelets the solution is then injected into the injured site.
PRP mimics the normal healing process that occurs after a person is injured, however by using the concentrated solution found in PRP the repair process is greatly accelerated.
Many growth factors are involved in the repair and regeneration of cartilage, tendons and ligaments. The regenerative repair process takes weeks to months.
Depending on the degree and extent of injury, typically one to three injections are required with more chronic and involved cases requiring more. Injections are typically 4 weeks apart. After the treatment, discomfort may persist for 2-5 days.
We recommend patients do not do anything significant during this time of healing, patients are also discouraged from using anti-inflammatories.
Dr. Atkins is a Naturopathic Physician in general practice with a special interest in skin conditions, digestive health, low energy, weight loss, stress and anxiety, detoxification, immune health and pain management.