Prolotherapy is an in-office injection treatment that research and medical studies have shown to be an effective, trustworthy, reliable alternative to surgical and non-effective conservative care treatments.
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In our opinion, based on research and clinical results, Prolotherapy is superior to many other treatments in relieving the problems of chronic joint and spine pain and, most importantly, in getting people back to a happy and active lifestyle. This is why it is the Asklepion Centre’s treatment method of choice.
Prolotherapy heals the way the body heals
- Prolotherapy solutions are injected into your painful areas to repair damaged tissue.
- The injections create a localized inflammation triggering the immune system to create the building blocks of ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone.
- Prolotherapy, through a series of injections, REBUILDS the joints from within.
Scientific studies are revealing that each of us harnesses tremendous regenerative capabilities in our own cells and tissues. The field of medicine that specializes in this is called regenerative medicine. Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy, is a specific type of regenerative medicine that uses biological substances to start or restart the regenerative healing cascade to repair musculoskeletal injuries. A clinician who specializes in this type of treatment is called a Prolotherapist. The ideal proliferant (the injectable material) for use in Prolotherapy should be able to naturally stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to repair tissue.
The injection of simple dextrose heals spontaneously
When a person sustains any type of musculoskeletal injury, the cells in our body react to that injury by bursting open and releasing many “response to injury,” chemicals and substances into the blood and surrounding areas of the wound. One of these substances is the sugar d-glucose, which is also known as dextrose.
- The release of these compounds initiates the body’s inflammatory healing cascade. The body heals spontaneously. As soon as you are injured, the body starts healing.
When we have chronic, wear and tear, and degenerative damage to our joints and spine, there is more damage than the body can fix. Just as we heal spontaneously, degenerative joint disease damages spontaneously. In chronic conditions we are being damaged more than we can heal.
Prolotherapy simulates the healing cascade.
Prolotherapy is the treatment that can restart the initial, accelerated healing process because it uses dextrose as the proliferant, which is the same substance released by the body in repsonse to injury. By doing so, Prolotherapy simulates as closely as the possible, the exact healing cascade that is needed to heal injured soft tissues, such as tendons or ligaments.
Dextrose has been shown to increase the level of various growth factors involved in healing, growth factor, transforming growth factor-β, vascular endothelial growth factor, and fibroblastic growth factor. Prolotherapy involves injecting the dextrose proliferating solution at the bone-ligament junction (the enthesis) where the injury is typically located, although injections are sometimes given directly into the joints (intraarticularly).