Prolotherapy – A Permanent Solution to Chronic Pain and Injuries
What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a recognized non-surgical procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue. It is based on the fact that when ligaments or tendons (connective tissue) are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding destabilizes and can become painful. Prolotherapy, with its unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability, can repair the weakened sites and produce new collagen tissue, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint. Once the joint is stabilized, pain usually resolves. Traditional approaches with surgery have more risk and may fail to stabilize the joint and relieve pain, and anti-inflammatory or other pain relievers only act temporarily. Dr. McBride has received extensive training in Prolotherapy along with certification from the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and has been performing Prolotherapy for 12 years.
How Does it Work?
Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms to lay down new tissue in the weakened area. This is done by a very directed injection to the injury site, “tricking” the body to repair again. The mild inflammatory response which is created by the injection encourages growth of new, normal ligament or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure. Additional treatments repeat this process, allowing a gradual buildup of tissue to restore the original strength to the area.
How is Prolotherapy Performed?
Prolotherapy injections contain natural substances that stimulate the healing response, as well as local anesthetic agents to help with the pain of the injection. Traditional formulas include ingredients such as dextrose, saline, sarapin and procaine or lidocaine. In addition to traditional formulas, Dr. McBride also uses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) extensively.
Who is a Good Candidate for Prolotherapy?
All joints have ligaments and tendons that can cause chronic pain when injured. While not all joint pain is caused by injury to the ligaments or tendons, Dr. McBride has successfully treated the following conditions with Prolotherapy:
- Arthritis pain: hand, wrist, finger and thumb
- Arm and elbow pain: tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and carpal tunnel
- Shoulder pain: rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder and impingement syndromes
- Knee pain: osteoarthritis, lax or partially torn ligaments, meniscus tears and kneecap pain
- Leg, foot and ankle pain: runner’s injuries, toe and metatarsal pain and ankle sprains
- Plantar fascitis: heel pain, arch pain
- Hip pain and arthritis: degenerative hip disease, bursitis and groin sprain
- Neck pain: migraines, headaches, arthritis pain and ligament injuries
- Low back pain: disk disease, herniation, chronic pain and subluxations
- Sacroiliac pain syndromes: sciatica, arthritis and coccyx pain
- TMJ syndrome: grinding and clenching of teeth, locking of the jaw, pain in the TMJ