Prolotherapy to Heal Joint Injuries and Relieve Pain
Prolotherapy is a method of stimulating regrowth and healing of torn ligaments and cartilage. People who have sports injuries, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and even hip and joint pain can be helped by this technique. The way it works is fairly simple. The painful area is injected with a proliferant – usually a solution of dextrose, phenol, glycerin or similar substance, along with a pain reliever so that the patient does not feel pain. The injection irritates the tendon and increases the flow of blood to it. It might seem odd to irritate something in order to make it feel better, but tendons and ligaments have poor circulation, and high numbers of excited nerves. The injection encourages blood flow to that area, which nourishes the damaged tissues and helps promote the healing process for the tendon or ligament. As it heals and grows stronger, the person feels less pain and the joint is more responsive and able to do its job.
Benefits of Prolotherapy-
- Relieves pain in almost any joint including neck and back
- Works with the body’s natural defenses to encourage tissue growth
- Ligaments and tendons that are treated grow stronger over time
The modern model of prolotherapy was developed in the 1950s by Drs. George Hackett and Gustav Hemwall. It wasn’t a new idea, however. The concept of irritating something to make it get better goes back to medical practices of ancient Greece.
Although the process doesn’t work in every case, some patients report relief from their pain after only one session. For most, however, it takes four to six treatments to stimulate healthy growth in the affected area. The treatments are usually spaced out at two to four week intervals.
Surgeon General C. Everett Koop advocates prolotherapy. Prolotherapy can be used to relieve pain in almost any joint, including neck and back pain. It has even been shown to be affective in cases of fibromyalgia. Unlike cortisone shots, which can eventually weaken a joint, prolotherapy works with the body’s natural defenses to encourage tissue growth. In the long run, ligaments and tendons that are treated using this method thicken and grow stronger. That added strength takes the strain off other parts of the body, which can lead to an overall improvement in general health.
Doctors who advocate prolotherapy note that it is a non-surgical method of treating injuries and joint pain that can become debilitating over time. By using prolotherapy, torn ligaments and tendons are encouraged to use the body’s natural healing processes to heal. They thicken and grow stronger over time, which is a desirable outcome. One such doctor is Dr. Peter A. Fields, sometimes called the athletic doc because he has been competing in triathlons for twenty-five years. He holds a license as a medical doctor and as a chiropractor – the only doctor in the state of California to hold both licenses. He recommends the technique because prolotherapy helps heal the damaged joint and tendon tissue. When it heals, it stops hurting. He notes in an instructional video that when the source of the problem is healed, functionality is restored and the patient is no longer in pain. And that is why he recommends prolotherapy.
Deltoid injuries, or those in the shoulder area, can provide ongoing discomfort and limited movement whether you are completely still or initiating routine daily activities. Rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocation, osteoarthritis, joint instability and frozen shoulder and other problems can all cause significant pain.
Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints among active and sedentary adults today and can be both extremely painful and debilitating. Facet syndrome, or a specific injury to one or more of the synovial discs of the back, can even lead to spinal osteoarthritis if left untreated.
From Our Patients
- Joseph Dubroff is a super friendly, knowledgable professional whose expertise with prolotherapy has helped my girlfriend get back on her feet, literally. This is a great treatment option for those who are suffering from chronic, inflammatory, musculoskeletal issues. Thanks Joseph! –John Albert
- I am currently undergoing Prolo Therapy with Dr. Dubroff for my shoulder. With the orthopedic surgeon, I have had two steroid injections, both under ultrasonic guidance. And in conjunction with the injections, two rounds of physical therapy. I found limited success. The doctor suggested that I try another injection. That’s when I started looking for alternative treatments. A friend gave me Dr. Dubroff’s contact info. (she’s had great pain relief, quite a success). Dr. Dubroff returned my call and spoke with me directly regarding treatment. Needless to say, I am very happy with the treatments! I have had a significant increase in range of motion and the pain has been greatly reduced! Dr. Dubroff is great! He is spot on with all of the injections! Not a wasted movement! What a find! –Lisa M
- I have had wonderful results from Dr. Dubroff using Prolo Therapy to help with my left shoulder which has minor tears in the rotator cuff. Additionally, he has been able to help greatly with a painful sciatic condition in my right hip. I suffered with it for ten years. Dr. Dubroff’ss Prolo Therapy injections provided immediate relief. I must say, it is not just the Prolo Therapy, but it is also the knowledge of the doctor administering it and his technique. Doctor Dubroff really seems to have a superior knowledge of how the Prolo Therapy works and of how to correctly apply it to various body locations and conditions. –Lin M