Prolotherapy in Encinitas, Poway and San Diego
Prolotherapy, also known as proliferation therapy, is a medical treatment that involves the injection of a solution into a damaged or weakened ligament or tendon to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. The solution typically consists of a combination of dextrose (sugar water) and an anesthetic, and sometimes additional substances such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells may also be used.
The injection of the solution into the damaged area is believed to stimulate a local inflammatory response, which in turn triggers the body’s natural healing process. This can lead to increased blood flow, the production of new collagen and tissue, and improved function of the affected area.
Prolotherapy is often used to treat chronic pain conditions that involve ligaments and tendons, such as chronic back pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain. It may also be used to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and sports injuries.
The benefits of prolotherapy are generally seen over a series of treatments, which are typically administered over several weeks or months. Some patients may require several rounds of prolotherapy to achieve significant pain relief.
Prolotherapy is considered a safe and effective treatment option for many patients. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with prolotherapy, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and allergic reactions. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of prolotherapy with a healthcare professional before undergoing treatment.