How does Prolotherapy Work?
A blog article by Dr. Joseph Rosado MD – How does Prolotherapy Work?
How does Prolotherapy Work? – Prolotherapy treatment helps strengthen and heal strained or damaged tissues by “jump-starting” the body’s natural repair process. Prolotherapy can help reduce or eliminate pain from degenerated and painful ligaments, tendons, or joints. In addition, Prolotherapy treatments can be very effective for chronic neck and back pain as well as knee pain too.
Dr. Joseph Rosado wants you to know that prolotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that employs multiple, precise injections of dextrose (a sugar-based solution that promotes healing) to the injured site and surrounding areas. These growth-stimulating injections help to decrease downtime and painful rehabilitation associated with surgery.
When injected into the weakened ligaments or tendons that attach to the bone, the Prolotherapy solution starts a controlled, localized inflammation by removing water from the damaged cells. Joseph Rosado MD understands that this treatment can be effective for those suffering from auto accident pain as well as injuries from sporting activities. Therefore this prolotherapy treatment causes the blood supply and nutrient flow to the area to increase, as well as attracting powerful growth factors and repair cells. It is this response that prompts the injured tissue to heal and regrow, creating new ligament, tendon, or cartilage tissue at the injured site.
Multiple treatments encourage additional tissue growth to restore and strengthen the affected area. An individual plan is devised with prolotherapy treatments scheduled every four to six weeks until the healing is complete, and you can return to normal activities without pain. Dr. Joseph Rosado’s goal is to help his patients get a place where they can lead productive lifestyles.
Expectations & Side Effects of Prolotherapy | How Does Prolotherapy Work? By Joseph Rosado MD
There will be some side effects patients will need to be aware of. After the first treatment, patients can initially experience mild but temporary swelling and stiffness may occur. Some patients see noticeable improvement after the first sessions are completed, while other patients realize increasing improvement on each successive visit.
Dr. Rosado has looked at research studies that show that over 80 percent of people treated with prolotherapy report a good or excellent result. Many of them are permanently cured. So why is that important? It gives patients their social life back again. Not only do they enjoy simple pleasures again – a good night’s sleep, sitting through a movie, taking a walk – but many also return to physical activities such as golf, soccer, basketball, tennis, biking, jogging, skiing, and even horseback riding.
Patients usually fall into four recovery groups when receiving Prolotherapy treatments.
- The first group has 75-100% relief of their pain after the injections. This is a long-lasting or permanent improvement as well.
- The second group experiences about 50% relief of pain that lasts 6-12 months.
- The third group experiences only mild and temporary pain relief.
- And the fourth group is some patients who show no improvements. Those patients in the last two groups may need a different type of treatment such as PRP Therapy with extracellular vesicles to get the relief they need.
Either way, no matter which group you or your family member may be part of, it is important to note that patients usually feel fullness, numbness, and some minor pain in the areas treated with prolotherapy injections. During the first 24-72 hours after the shots, your pain may return and yes, believe it or not actually increase for a short time. The good news is that if the treatment is successful the pain usually decreases steadily over approximately 4 weeks.
There have been few reported side effects from prolotherapy. In rare cases, the worst side effect is an infection at the site of injection. A potential infection will show through fever and pain, and it is usually easy to treat with antibiotics. Thankfully, Dr. Joseph Rosado uses strict medical guidelines to ensure a clean and sanitary appointment room that is cleaned and re-sanitized after each patient visit. He strongly believes in caring for the patient at every turn of their care therapy.
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