What is Prolotherapy?

I have talked a lot about this treatment, but I haven’t really explained what it is. So, let me give you a handy little definition from Wikipedia:

“Prolotherapy, also called proliferation therapy or regenerative injection therapy is an alternative medicine treatment that uses injection of an irritant solution into ligaments or tendon insertion in an effort to relieve pain.”prolotherapy-3d-anatomy

The irritant solution that they use is often just glucose. It’s nothing harmful or out of the ordinary. It isn’t a chemical based solution. Once the solution is injected into the site, the doctor often gives either a local anesthetic or pain medicine to alleviate some of the pain associated with it. The two days after that are incredibly painful as it kick-starts the inflammation process all over again in order to grow new tissue.

As of late, there have been a lot of advocates against the use of anti-inflammatories as a solution to pain or injury because, what we are learning is that inflammation is actually the beginning of the pain process. When someone sprains an ankle, that inflammation is the body’s healing response to the injury. Western medicine has told us our entire lives that this isn’t good and has pushed the consumption of medications such as ibuprofen and the like. As a result, we cancel out the body’s healing process.

So, this is where prolotherapy comes into the equation. A lot of doctors are now supporting this as an alternative to surgery. It is a controversial technique among practitioners of Western medicine, so a lot of doctors brush it off as some hippie dippy stuff. But, there are a lot of people who have given positive feedback that it is actually working. The tissue that regrows; however, has a different composition than that of the original damaged tissue, so, again, there is a lot of debate about how effective this treatment is.

To get rid of the pain, I am willing to try it.

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I had this done on the left side of my body today, not on both sides.

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