Ligaments and Tendons are notorious for taking a very long time to heal. In fact, often they will not make a full recovery at all. Surgery is often considered the only solution. Actually you would make a quicker recovery breaking a bone than tearing a tendon or ligament.
Most adults will recover from a broken bone in 6-8 weeks. Tendon, ligaments, and even cartilage however don't receive the rich blood supply that bone does, so the healing process can become stunted. We've all met someone who's shoulder or knee has never been the same since developing their injury. Those tendons and ligaments have never had the chance to fully heal.
Prolotherapy accelerates and reminds the body to continue and complete the repair process of these ligaments and tendons. How does it do that? With a little sweetness! By injecting a proliferating agent such as Dextrose (aka sugar water) into the injured/scarred area, we sightly irritate the tissue. This stimulates the body to elicit a small controlled inflammatory response, much like if you cut yourself. Inflammation isn’t always a bad thing. In fact it is a vital part of the healing process associated with the recruitment of growth and other healing factors that instruct the injured tissue(s) to proliferate or multiply, thus remodelling new connective tissue over the area.
Prolotherapy does not simply repair injured cells, but lays down brand new cells in and around the injured tendons and ligaments, thereby strengthening and tightening the connective tissue to create stable joints.
So what's the end result? Reduction or elimination of pain, increased range of motion, and
usually permanent healing.
In a nutshell Prolotherapy is a highly effective treatment that helps re-establish proper form and function, so you can continue living the active lifestyle you always have!
By Dr David Milanovich, ND