As an alternative to conservative treatment for degenerative conditions of the spine and back, regenerative medicine is about more than just stem cell and PRP therapy.  There is another option known as prolotherapy.

Also referred to as non-surgical ligament and tendon reconstruction and regenerative joint injection, prolotherapy is an orthopedic procedure in which the body’s natural regenerative processes are stimulated to strengthen and repair injured joints and connective tissue.

When ligaments or tendons are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding destabilizes and can become painful. Prolotherapy directly addresses the causes of instability by stimulating the body’s natural regenerative mechanisms to not only repair the weakened sites, but also produce new collagen tissue. This can result in the permanent stabilization of the affected joint and resolution of the pain.

Prolotherapy involves a directed injection to the injury site. The injection creates a mild inflammatory response which triggers the growth of new, normal ligament or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure. In effect, this “tricks” the body into repairing itself. Additional prolotherapy treatments repeat this process, allowing a gradual buildup of tissue to restore the original strength of the affected area. Each treatment is tailored to the appropriate formula needs of the patient.

Prolotherapy injections contain natural substances – such as dextrose, saline, sarapin, and procaine or lidocaine – that stimulate the regenerative response, along with local anesthetic agents to help quell the pain of the injection, which varies according to the structure or joint being treated and the choice of solutions. This discomfort is only temporary, accompanied by mild swelling and stiffness, and can be minimized with pain relievers such as Tylenol or other prescribed medication. However, anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, are not recommended because they suppress the desired inflammatory process produced by the prolotherapy injections.

What, you may ask, is an exosome? Exosomes are extracellular lipid vesicles (a small structure within a cell) that, when released by stem cells in response to an injury, transport proteins and genetic information between both neighboring and distant cells.

Scientists have been aware of exosomes for several decades, but only in recent years have they realized the importance of these tiny bubbles that are constantly racing through the human bloodstream – namely the fact that some cells use exosomes to transfer messenger RNAs (ribonucleic acid), polymeric molecules essential in various biological roles in coding, decoding, regulation and expression of genes. That discovery has led to the use of exosomes as an emergent new regenerative modality and, in conjunction with stem cell therapy, has enhanced its regenerative benefits.

A Versatile Treatment Option

Prolotherapy can be used to treat a wide variety of orthopedic problems, including:

  • Low back and mid-back pain caused by degenerative disc disease and sacroiliac joint instability and dysfunction
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Knee meniscal tears
  • Wrist or hand pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder pain including rotator cuff tears
  • Elbow pain including golfer’s or tennis elbow
  • Foot pain, including plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle pain or instability
  • Hypermobility
  • Osteitis pubis
  • IT Band syndrome
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Temporal mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
  • Other musculoskeletal pain or injury

Prolotherapy treatment intervals will vary, depending on the type and severity of your specific problem. Typically, however, treatments are every three to six weeks, with an average of once per month for a total of four to six treatments.

Studies have shown that 85% to 95% of patients with low back pain experience improvement with prolotherapy compared to only 52% among patients who elect invasive back surgery. Similarly, high success rates have been reported when prolotherapy is used to treat various ligament, tendon or joint pain/injuries.

Is Prolotherapy The Right Choice for You?

In order to receive prolotherapy, you must first be evaluated thoroughly with a review of your medical history, a physical exam and radiological or ultrasound exam. Laboratory work may also be necessary to evaluate your potential success with the therapy. The effectiveness of the treatment may depend on several factors, such as your overall health, your body’s ability to repair itself, as well as any underlying nutritional or other deficiencies that might impede the regenerative process.

At RenewU Medical, we not only offer prolotherapy, but also other regenerative medicine services and products, derived from only the safest and most quality-controlled sources. We continue to stay on top of all research and development, which is why we not only attract patients from every corner of the globe, but also physicians seeking some of the most extensive physical training programs available anywhere.

To learn more about our regenerative medicine options, contact RenewU Medical today at (561) 331-2983 to arrange a private consultation. And be sure to ask us about our special Introductory Offer!

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