Athletic Injury Won’t Heal Quickly Enough? Prolotherapy Can Help
No matter how old you are, an injury that’s not repaired quickly enough could cause you to sit out for a season or even longer. In some situations, the longer it takes for you to bounce back,the harder it is to get back in the game.
That’s why science invented prolotherapy, or proliferation therapy.
Prolotherapy is a regenerative therapy that gives the body extra help to heal itself. Prolotherapy can quickly heal injuries like an ACL tear, a meniscus tear, jumper’s knee and many others. By using natural materials that promote regrowth, doctors repair damaged ligaments and tendons to eliminate pain and to prevent future problems like joint degeneration and osteoporosis.
Regenerative Injection Therapies
You’ve probably heard of stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma therapy, also known as PRP.The two more well-known procedure types, along with prolotherapy, make up a way of treating injuries and pain called regenerative injection therapy.
Each type of regenerative therapy involves injecting a substance into an injured body part to speed healing. Prolotherapy can be carried out in several ways, each designed to respond to a certain type of damage or trigger a desired inflammatory effect.
Due to its benefits, many athletes as well as others suffering from an injury or chronic pain are increasingly choosing prolotherapy or another form of regenerative therapy to heal.
How Does Prolotherapy Work?
One word: sugar. Caring Medical deems dextrose, which serves as an extract from corn, as the usual main ingredient in prolotherapy. The cells naturally release dextrose to heal joint injuries.
By injecting a dextrose solution into the injured area, doctors aim to irritate the point and cause the body to release macrophages (cells that recognize and oust foreign materials), which fight to rid the irritant. Fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen in tissue) also arrive to begin healing the injury. Therefore, the irritant injected at the injury spurs even more reinforcements from the body to repair itself.
Prolotherapy can also involve the injection of other substances, like an alkaline extract called Sarapin that relieves pain, certain minerals that create more inflammation or certain hormones that heal tissue. Sometimes a doctor may recommend comprehensive prolotherapy, which involves the pairing of PRP in addition to regular prolotherapy.
More Athletes Are Beginning to Use Prolotherapy
Professional athletes, as well as athletes as young as high school, use prolotherapy to speed recovery after an injury. However, prolotherapy can be used in a multitude of case types, from being injured in an everyday activity to suffering from chronic pain after failed treatments.
Depending on the complexity of an injury, some patients may need only one to two treatments while others may require six to eight. Unlike many other treatments, patients can still play sports and move around during prolotherapy, as exercise increases blood flow and nutrients to the injury.
Get Prolotherapy Treatment at the Stem Cell Institute
Prolotherapy isn’t just for athletes. If you’re injured from an everyday activity or you have chronic pain that won’t go away despite other treatments, visit the Stem Cell Institute in Plano, Texas, to try prolotherapy.