Prolotherapy has as its current primary applications in the treatment of:
Unstable joints (shoulders, lower back, etc.)
Painful joints (knees, back, etc)
Venous Abnormalities (eg. Varicose & spider veins)
A precise injection of a mild irritanting solution is placed directly into the site of the torn or stretched tendon or ligament. This produces a mild, controlled inflammation that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Fibroblasts are stimulated to lay down new tissue on the weakened area. This encourages growth of new ligament or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure.
The first injection starts the process and additional treatments allow a gradual buildup of tissue to restore the original strength to the area.
Similarly, the injection of varicose veins creates a mild inflammatory response that caused them to contract and become smaller or even vanish over time.
Who Is Prolo For?
Each patient must be have a thoroughly patient history taken, a physical exam, and in some cases imaging and laboratory work before treatment can be administered. With this information, Dr. Della can evaluate your whether you are a good candidate. Success depends on factors which include the history of damage to the patient, length of time since injury, the patient’s overall health and ability to heal, and any underlying nutritional deficiencies that would prevent healing from occurring.
Where is Prolo Useful?
This form of therapy can be used to treat dislocation of the joints, knee pain, shoulder pain, Temporal Mandibular Joint dysfunction, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and disc problems at any level of the spine. The therapy affects only the area treated and does not cause any problem in any other area. Spider veins, abnormal or bulging veins and other similar conditions can be treated on the legs, feet, hands, arms, breast, face, and most other areas.
How Often is Prolo Needed?
Treatments are usually administered every two to three weeks, as determined by your health and history. Vein treatments are usually scheduled four or more weeks apart. Some people only need one treatment, but others need several depending on the extent of the injury.
Other InJection Therapies
Prolo is the best injection therapy when there is instability and pain in a joint. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma in another injection technique used to restore joint spaces and supporting architecture when they have been damaged.
In addition: Hyaluronic acid, homeopathics, vitamins, and herbs can be injected into joint spaces to help with pain and lower inflammation in the system.