Prolotherapy is a decades-old, well-documented procedure that stimulates the body’s naturally-occurring healing processes to produce more collagen within injured joint ligaments, providing increased stability, decreased pain and improved function. This article reviews the physiology of ligaments and damage sustained due to injury, the body’s response to injury, and the process of ligament repair, as well as degenerative changes and dysfunction that occur when full restoration of ligament function is not achieved.
Injections to Kick-Start Tissue Repair
New York Times, August 7, 2007
Yoga Journal: Sugar Fix For Torn Ligaments
Dr. Allen Thomashefsky
BIOMECHANICS SEPTEMBER 2004
by K. Dean Reeves, MD
A Brand New Way To Get Rid Of Pain (Woman's World Magazine)
by Ross Hauser, M.D.
Prolotherapy for Musculo-skeletal Pain
A primer for pain management physicians on the mechanisms of actions and indications for use. Journal of Practical Pain Management Jan/Feb., 2007
Prolotherapy for Low Back Pain
Journal of Practical Pain Management May, 2007
Prolotherapy for Knee Pain
Journal of Practical Pain Management July, Aug., 2007
Prolotherapy: Dextrose Prolotherapy for Unresolved Neck Pain
In this study, 97 out of 98 patients with chronic neck pain showed substantial improvement in numerous outcome measures. The improvements in these patients continued through follow up—18 months after conclusion of prolotherapy treatments—and demonstrates the efficacy of this treatment modality.
Efficacy of Dextrose Prolotherapy in Elite Male Kicking-Sport Athletes With Chronic Groin Pain Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2005; 86: 697-702
Conclusions: "Dextrose Prolotherapy showed marked efficacy for chronic groin pain in this group of elite rugby and soccer athletes."
Low Back Pain:
Retrospective Case Series on Patients with Chronic Spinal Pain Treated with Dextrose Prolotherapy
Results: 91% of patients reported reduction in level of pain; 84.8% of patients reported improvement in activities of daily living, and 84.3% reported an improvement in ability to work.
Conclusions: “Dextrose prolotherapy appears to be a safe and effective method for treating chronic spinal pain..."
A Systematic Review of Prolotherapy for Chronic Musculo-skeletal Pain
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine; 15(5):E376, September 2005
Conclusions: “Positive results compared with controls have been reported in nonrandomized and randomized controlled trials."
Chronic pain: What colour are the emperor’s new clothes?
Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 52:R4 (2005)
Recommendation: "Prolotherapy is most appropriate and effective in carefully selected and monitored patients who are participating in an appropriate program of exercise and/or manipulation / mobilization."
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Regenerative Injection Therapy
More Links: Prolotherapy can help with...
- Back Pain
- Foot Pain, plantar fasciitis
- Ankle pain
- Elbow Pain
- Knee Pain
- Hip Pain
- Groin Pain
- Neck Pain, Whiplash & Headaches
- Jaw/TMJ pain
- Sports Injuries