Marietta Prolotherapy Injections
What are prolotherapy injections?
The prolotherapy injection, or Regenerative Injection Therapy, was first
used by Hippocrates to help relieve a javelin thrower's shoulder pain.
More than 70 years ago, the concept was investigated, utilized, and refined
via George Hackett, MD and is now widely used to help alleviate musculoskeletal
pain. Studies have shown that the success rate for prolotherapy injections
is more than 80%, with success judged as at least 50% reduction of pain.
Prolotherapy injections contain a relatively harmless dose of dextrose,
local anesthetic, and other items, and are administered where ligament
and tendon tissues attach. Ligaments and tendon fibers are connected to
sensitive periosteum on the bone, which is the communication path for
nerves traveling to and from the brain. When there is damage or stress
on a particular ligament, it sends signals to the brain through nerves
which causes pain.
Since pain originates from ligaments, tendons and joints, Prolotherapy
is likely to have an effect on pain in the:
- Lower back
- Major extremities
The treatment is also known to gain response from other body parts including
the hip, knee, shoulder, wrist and fingers. The tissues in these structures
become damaged by trauma and the natural healing process may not be enough
to repair it. Prolotherapy results in the growth of fibrous tissue and
the creation of a stronger bond at the attachment points. About four to
six injections are needed and can be administered four to six weeks apart.
Patients report being sore for about three to seven days after receiving
a prolotherapy injection, but can notice improvement after one injection.
Prolotherapy is intended to provide your body with a boost to its natural
healing process to repair damage and eventually lead to the elimination of pain.
Candidates for the treatment are individuals suffering from chronic pain
that has not healed itself. This pain can be caused by variations and
deficiencies of hormones caused by imbalance conditions pregnancy. Some
people are also predisposed to chronic tissue pain due to genetic and
physiological build such as double-joints and weaker collagen.
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If you would like to speak with one of our staff members regarding prolotherapy
injections, please do not hesitate to call Non-Surgical Orthopaedics today
at (770) 420-4645.