Prolotherapy proves to be an effective solution for chronic pain, osteoarthritis (osteo-bone, arth-joint, itis-inflammation), back & neck pain, knee & ankle pain, IT band syndrome, rotator cuff tears, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis and meniscal tears.
The root cause of all the above conditions result from instability of the joints, caused by loose, weak or injured ligaments and tendons.
A ligament holds bone to bone forming a joint. A tendon connects a muscle to the bone.
Prolotherapy is a non- surgical medical procedure where a natural irritant (eg. dextrose) is injected into ligaments & tendons, with the intention of tightening the ligaments & tendons so as to stabilize the joint and decrease pain. This natural irritant initiates the bodies natural healing response. Inflammation is a part of the healing.
Modern day prolotherapy innovation originated in the early 1930’s by Earl Gedney, DO., an osteopathic physician and surgeon. He injured his thumb in a surgical suite door, stretching the joint, causing severe pain and instability. After being told that his condition can only be treated by surgery, Gedney researched that the American Society of Herniologists used irritating substances to repair hernias. So, he decided to be his own doctor by injecting his own thumb, resulting in a full recovery.
The needle technique itself used in prolotherapy appeared as early as 2600BC. in the Huang Di Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic), 7th chapter Ling Zhu-Guanzhen (灵枢·官针) . “Shu Pt. or Kidney Needling.”
Prolotherapy also treats chronic headache, weight-loss/gain and tendonitis.
The risks of not having ligament injections are: 1) no pain relief; 2) continued degeneration of the joints adjacent to the ligament laxity and possible worsening of pain.