PROLOTHERAPYHelping those with injuries get back on their feet.
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Why Do Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a natural solution to treating pain. Research has shown clear evidence that it is an effective way to repair muscles, ligaments and tendons. Unlike steroid injections that only act as a band-aid and decrease the tissue integrity, prolotherapy has been proven to regenerate tissue. It has been used since the 1930s for wound healing with a significant increase this past decade for use in professional athletes.
How Does Prolotherapy Work?
Degeneration in our bodies can occur for many reasons. Aging, injury, and overuse can lead to breakdown of the joints, ligaments and cartilage. When stretched, small nerve fibers transmit pain impulses to the brain. This causes the region to feel tight, stiff, achy, burning, tingling, numb, fatigued and/or painful. Injecting a stimulating solution is called Prolotherapy when injected at the site of the tissue breakdown stimulates the body’s own healing mechanism to repair and rebuild.
Types of Prolotherapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is concentrated platelets and white cells derived from your own blood. Your blood is drawn, spun down in a centrifuge where the Platelets are then separated and injected into the painful area.
A homeopathic solution that is mixed on site at time of visit. Whether using the “upgraded” version of your own platelets or the homeopathic solution the result is the same. The solution stimulates healing through its ability to raise growth factors by causing low grade inflammation.
Ozone or Prolozone
Ozone is activated oxygen (O3) and when injected it is able to stimulate the fibroblastic repair abilities. Ozone can be combined with PRP or basic prolotherapy. It also helps to spread the solution to in injected area allowing the area to heal much more quickly by increasing oxygenation and blood flow to the area.
Are there any risks?
Any time the skin is punctured there is always a chance for infection, bruising and bleeding. Complications are rare and minimized by the skill of the well-trained professional.
How many treatments are needed?
This is dependent on the duration of pain, how severe and widespread it is. On average 2-6 treatments in intervals of 3-6 weeks apart are recommended.
When will I start noticing improvements?
Some notice improvements in as early as a few days where others may not notice significant relief until four to six week after their initial treatment. Others may not experience relief until they have had further treatments if present with severe widespread pain.
What should I avoid doing or taking during treatments?
Controlled exercise and mobilization of the treated area promotes tissue healing and results in faster recovery. Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first several days at least. Physical therapy may be recommended to correct muscular or proprioceptive issues.
Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS like ibuprofen, aleve) based products and fish-oil supplements. Baby aspirin may be allowed, talk with your provider.
When can I return to work?
In most cases, depending on the job one may return to work or school the same day.
What is the chance I will get better? How long will it last?
Statistics show that 85-90% of all patients treated with prolotherapy receive at least a 50% benefit when treated between two and ten times. There is no evidence of a condition worsening with the injections. Also, because actual healing occurs, it is anticipated that long-lasting or even permanent relief of one’s pain can take place. If an area is re-injured, more treatments may be necessary in the future.
Will my injector have any experience or certifications?
At PMC our injector has personal experience with prolotherapy as well as nearly a decade of injecting joints. She is also certified by the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine.
Get better quality of life with the latest prolotherapy/PRP treatments, including those for injury recovery, at Preventative Medical Clinic, a division of Kohll’s in Omaha, Nebraska.