Injection Therapies are an acupuncture system that incorporates neuroscience and European medical science into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions, and internal medicine.
Prolotherapy, also called proliferation therapy or regeneration injection therapy is a treatment of tissue with injection of a dextrose solution into a joint space, weakened ligament, or tendon insertion to relieve pain.
The term Proli is Lation for “to grow”, regenerate or rebuild. “Prolo” is short for proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak.
Prolotherapy injections of dextrose can be used to treat many different types of musculoskeletal pain; chronic pain resulting from injuries to the ligaments and tendons of the appendicular skeleton and soft tissue injuries to ligaments, tendons and fascia. The treatment is excellent for:
- Arthritic Back & Neck Pain, Sports Injuries
- Disc herniation, Unresolved whiplash, Sciatica
- Osteoporosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Rotator Cuff Tears
- Migraine / Cluster Headaches, TMJ
- Heel spurs, Knee Injuries, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Torn Tendons, Ligaments and Cartilage
Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints – acting like the body’s shock absorbers. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. Ligaments may not tighten on their own to their original length once injured. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited, and therefore healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings and this will result in the person feeling pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose.
Prolotherapy uses a dextrose (sugar based) solution mixed with Procaine, a local anesthetic, that is injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. The proliferant solution causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas. The body reacts by laying down collagen which then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients that in turn stimulates the tissue to repair itself, strengthening and tightening and thereby stabilizing the area and becoming new ligament or tendon tissue. The response to treatment varies from individual to individual, and depends upon one’s healing ability. Once you begin treatment, Dr. Desmond can tell better how you are responding and give you an accurate estimate.
How was Prolotherapy developed?
Historical review show a primitive version of this technique was first used by Hippocrates on soldiers with dislocated, torn shoulder joints. He would stick a hot poker into the front of the joint, and it would then miraculously heal normally. Of course, we don’t use hot pokers today, but the principle is essentially the same; to get the body to repair itself, an innate ability that the body has.
In China the ancient technique of bone pecking using a needle to gently peck the bone was the origin of Bone Pecking Regeneration Injection/Prolotherapy. Today Traditional Chinese Medicne (TCM) doctors around the world are using modern TCM Bone Pecking Regeneration Injection to help patients in chronic pain.
The injection of sclerosing agents first began in the 1830’s, when potent chemical irritants were used to treat hernias non-surgically. Prolotherapy in its most current form has been used for over 40 years.