Prolotherapy is the term used for "Proliferation Therapy" and is a safe and effective option for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, osteoarthritis and chronic pain. As pain is usually a response to tissue damage, prolotherapy is great as it starts a healing cascade, allowing tissue fibers to realign and heal.
Prolotherapy is an injection that contains a solution of growth factors or stimulants, usually glucose. The injection will trigger a healing response. The body will start to strengthen and repair damaged tissues including ligament and tendons.
Prolotherapy has also been shown to be effective in treating musculoskeletal conditions involving lax or weak tendons and ligaments, by stimulating the body's natural repair mechanisms to strengthen joints.
Prolotherapy is an all-natural, permanent treatment, as it relies on the body repairing itself to reduce pain. In contrast, pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications only provide temporary relief. Similarly, surgical options do not always work to stabilize a joint fully.
Am I a candidate for Prolotherapy?
Good candidates for prolotherapy include people who have chronic joint or muscle pain that is not responding well to conservative treatments. If your pain is relieved by rest and anti- inflammatory medication, then you are also a good candidate. Your SOLE THERAPY podiatrist will the effectiveness of prolotherapy in the case of your injury.
What should I expect during my appointment?
You will be taken through a consent form upon arrival to your appointment. Your SOLE THERAPY podiatrist will then take you through the injection sites and process for that site.
Can I exercise after my appointment?
In the case of Prolotherapy, non-painful normal activity movement, stretching, and exercise are important for the laying down of normal collagen in the healing of ligaments or tendons. Therefore, use common sense in your daily, exercise, or sports activity. It’s important not to over do it.
How many sessions of Prolotherapy will I need?
Prolotherapy usually requires several shots at the site of the injury or weakened area to be effective. An individual can expect anywhere from 4 to 15 shots per session, and for several sessions to occur over the course of 3 to 6 months. This is because the effects of prolotherapy are cumulative. Often the initial 3-4 appointments will need to be closer together (weekly, fortnightly) and then will be moved out dependent on results.
For more information on Prolotherapy call the clinic on 02 9583 1138!