Prolotherapy is an effective, natural treatment for pain and inflammation, helping to strengthen and repair weakened connective tissue and alleviate musculoskeletal pain. Many patients elect to pursue prolotherapy because they experience pain that has not responded to traditional treatment with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and cortisone injections.
Prolotherapy is a powerful treatment used to encourage healing of injured tendons and ligaments. It has shown benefit for treating ligament sprains, tendonitis, joint instability, and shoulder, knee, and back pain.
Prolotherapy uses a natural sugar or salt solution injected at carefully chosen areas around or at the site of chronic pain and injuries. These injections produce a localized mild inflammatory response that initiates the healing process, and results in tissue repair.
PRP (Platelet-Rich-Plasma) is a more advanced type of prolotherapy. Injections are prepared from the patient’s own blood in order to activate and increase the platelet count; normal blood contains less than 10% platelets, while PRP contains over 90% platelets. Platelets play an important role in the initiation and regulation of wound healing, including cell regeneration, blood vessel formation, and recruitment of stem cells. The activated platelets are injected into the abnormal tissue, releasing growth factors increase the proliferation of reparative cells.
Research studies show that Prolotherapy and PRP help to decrease pain, increase mobility, and shorten the recovery time for acute injuries.
At Spark Health, we treat the following conditions with Prolotherapy and PRP:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ankle Sprain
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Epicondylitis and Elbow Pain
- Hip Pain
- Joint Instability
- Knee Injuries
- Rotator Cuff Tears