Repair musculoskeletal injuries to alleviate pain with regenerative injections.
Prolotherapy, also known as ligament and tendon reconstruction therapy, is a non-surgical form of regenerative medicine that treats both acute and chronic injuries, as well as difficult-to-resolve joint pain (1). It is an orthopedic procedure that re-creates the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen joints and weakened areas.
Considered one of the most advanced therapies available today for repairing damaged tissue fibers and joints, prolotherapy utilizes dextrose to increase collagen production and help people heal faster. It helps arthritis, torn ligaments, tendonitis, bulging discs, and pain in areas such as the neck, lower back, knee, or shoulder.
Prolotherapy’s unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability leads to permanent stabilization of joints and pain reduction (2).
Traditional approaches for treating pain focus on reducing inflammation and suppressing pain sensations with drugs and / or cortisone injections without addressing underlying causes and therefore not offering long-term relief.
How Prolotherapy Works
Dextrose makes the solution more concentrated than blood, acting as a strong proliferant and procaine is an anesthetic. Other things may be added such as hyaluronic acid or Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) depending on the type of injury.
Most people require 4 – 6 injections administered every 2 – 3 weeks over the course of several months. Dr. Riddle will advise patients based on their individual situation.
Swelling, pain, and stiffness may occur, but should subside within a couple of days. It is important not to use an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen afterwards since it will counteract the repair work and healing of damaged tissue fibers.
Benefits of Prolotherapy
Although prolotherapy is considered to be very safe, a lack of training to correctly perform the injections can lead to negative side effects in some cases. Make sure to visit a trained professional who has proper credentials and pertinent experience.
Dr. Riddle has been doing prolotherapy longer than almost all other health practitioners in the province and is a member of an instruction team that certifies doctors in this treatment modality. His success rate with patients is 85 – 95%.