Prolotherapy Joint/Muscle Treatment
What is prolotherapy / prolozone therapy
Prolotherapy/prolozone therapy also know as regenerative injection therapy is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s nature healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by traumatic or over-use injury. Joints when ligaments or tendon attachments are stretched, torn, or fragmented, become hypermobile and painful. Traditional approaches with surgery and anti-inflammatory drugs often fail to stabilized the joint and relieve this pain permanently. Prolotherapy/prolozone therapy, with its unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability, can repair the weakened sites and produce new fibrous tissues, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint.
Conditions that could be greatly improved with prolotherapy include but not limited to all stages of degenerative arthritis, various sports injuries (old and new), torn ligaments, tendonitis… Basically, any acute or chronic pain around the joint or muscles could be successfully managed with prolotherapy.
The prolotherapy injections contain anesthetic agents and natural substances which stimulate the healing response. Natural substances include glucose or ozone, or combination of two. Prolotherapy with ozone is most often called prolozone therapy.
Prolotherapy has been used successfully as early as 500 B.C. when Roman soldiers with shoulder joint dislocations were treated with hot branding irons to help fuse the torn ligaments in the shoulder joint. Advances in medicines greatly improved on this process, and led to the modern techniques of strengthening the fibrous tissue rather than producing scarring to fuse tissues. In 1926, a group of physicians met with great success using injection therapy to treat hernias and hemorrhoids. Earl Gedney, D.O., a well-known Orthopedist, decreased his surgical practice and began to inject joints with these newer injectible medicines in the 1940s and 1950s. Also, in 1950, George Stuart Hackett, M.D., wrote a book on injection therapy. His work is still used today in training physicians. In the years since this early work, techniques and medications have advanced to move from a scarring or fusing effect to a strengthening effect, which restores the weakened joint to its original level of stability, without loss of flexibility and function.