Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical ligament reconstruction treatment for chronic pain.
This conservative treatment is useful for many different types of musculoskeletal pain including: arthritis, chronic tendonitis, partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage, heel spurs & plantar fasciitis, neuromas, foot & ankle pain/injuries, knee injuries, sports injuries, iliotibial pain, shin splints, post-surgical pain, as well as carpal & tarsal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, unresolved whiplash injuries and degenerated or herniated discs. Depending on the nature of injury, prolotherapy has been found to be successful in treating musculoskeletal stiffness and pain (>95%),
Prolotherapy uses a dextrose (sugar water) solution mixed with normal saline and local anaesthetic, and is injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas which then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients, and stimulates the tissue to repair itself.
Typically two out of three people who receive prolotherapy feel better. If individuals have not had any improvement by the fifth or sixth treatment, prolotherapy sessions are generally stopped.