A cutting edge treatment for acute and chronic injuries
Living with acute or chronic pain is a daily struggle and finding relief can be challenging.
Prolotherapy is also known as nonsurgical ligament reconstruction, and is a treatment for chronic pain that is caused by chronic and acute ligament and tendon injury. The treatment is useful for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, unresolved whiplash injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic tendonitis, partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage, degenerated or herniated discs and sciatica.
First, it is important to understand what the word prolotherapy itself means. “Prolo” is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak.(Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. 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 therefore the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose. Tendons are the name given to tissue which connects muscles to bones, and in the same manner tendons may also become injured, and cause pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the cutting edge treatment in acute and chronic injuries.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a simple, natural technique that assists the body’s natural healing process, buy stimulating the body to repair and rejuvenate an area of the body experiencing pain. A small amount of the patients blood is spun in a centrifuge, concentrating platelets. The PRP is injected into and around the point of injury, jump starting and significantly strengthening the healing process. Having a concentration of platelets four to ten times greater than the normal concentration of blood, there is a faster regeneration and healing.
The bodies first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells to the area. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the area in need. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of transmissible infection and a low risk of allergic reaction.
PRP injections stimulate ligament and tendon growth and repair. The response to treatment varies from individual to individual, and depends upon one’s healing ability. Most chronic tendon or ligament that fail to respond to the usual treatments will generally take several weeks to heal after PRP. Most patients responding to PRP have failed active rehabilitation (physiotherapy) because of pain exacerbation. If physiotherapy or exercise makes your pain worse, you may well be a strong candidate for PRP.
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within two weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
The first step is to get an evaluation by Dr. Boxtart to see if you are an appropriate candidate. For more information, see Prolotherapy.
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