Prolotherapy is known as the nonsurgical ligament reconstruction, and a treatment for chronic pain. Growth factor levels are raised by injections of a proliferant and work to promote tissue repair or growth. The body responds to the irritation from the injections by laying down extra ligament-like tissue and strengthens the area. It repairs weakened and torn ligaments by a natural healing mechanism. Prolotherapy is a safe, effective non-surgical treatment that provides increased strength in joints, ligaments and tendons and may even eliminate longstanding joint pain without the use of drugs or surgery.
Common problems of the lower limb that respond well to prolotherapy are:
pain in the 2nd toe joints
A simple knee injury when young, triples the risk of arthritis in that knee years later. Even if the problem is not treated until the onset of pain in middle age, the problem can usually be treated effectively to prevent the progression of osteoarthritis.
If the joint is put under sudden great strain as in a car accident, a severe fall or from lifting a heavy object, the ligament (bands of tough fibrous tissue that are responsible for holding joints in place) will be stretched or torn and do not heal well due to poor blood supply.
Pain under the balls of the feet.
Pain in-between the 3rd and 4th toes.
When ligaments are too loose, the joint slips and slides out of the track it was designed to follow and the cartilage becomes worn causing osteoarthritis.
Most sports injuries that need strapping can be treated more effectively by stabilizing the joint with prolotherapy and the effect is usually permanent in young healthy people. Lateral ankle ligaments and medial knee ligaments are the commonest of these problems.
If you are unsure if you are suitable for this treatment, please contact us on 01522 722595 to discuss this in more detail.