Joint injuries are common and, far too often, people who experience them have ongoing pain and mobility limitations. The question that many ask is “Why is this taking so long to heal?” The truth is that the nature of connective tissues like ligaments and tendons make it difficult for the body repair the injury. The body needs to know when ligaments and tendons are injured so there are many nerves in them; however, there is very little blood flow through them which means that repair happens slowly, sometimes not at all, resulting in chronic pain. Prolotherapy targets these sites specifically to bring about regeneration and repair for resolution of the pain in 80-90% of well diagnosed treatments.
The diagnosis requires identification of specific sites where these connective tissues have been damaged. The damage can come as small tears or stretching. Healing is initiated by inflammation that requires cells from the blood stream reach damage; for some chronic joint pain, this just isn’t happening. Like a low burning fire that produces no smoke is still hot, the injury isn’t obviously in need of repair but it is still painful.
The treatment is an injection of usually dextrose and an anesthetic into the tissue. The dextrose leads to a normal inflammatory response. This generates an increase in blood flow into the ligament or tendon temporarily increasing pain but resulting in restoration of healing process. The body takes over and completes the healing process that was previously incomplete. If an injury does not respond to Prolotherapy it may be necessary to use PRP treatments to further stimulate or speed the healing of the connective tissue.
Almost all joints in the body can be successfully treated with Prolotherapy if the situation warrants it. If you are living with chronic joint pain make an appointment at Ocean Park Natural Therapies with one of the naturopathic physicians and find out how we can help you.In most straightforward cases, some relief can be achieved within a few days of treatment; however, most people can expect that it will take three or more treatments before they can achieve complete pain relief. A follow-up treatment is usually scheduled between 1-3 weeks but the process is not fully complete until six weeks after the final treatment.