If you have painful joints, you know all too well how it can be a disruption to your life. If you are interested in getting some relief, you may want to learn about a treatment method not many people know about: prolotherapy.
Prolotherapy involves using the body’s own healing and recuperative properties to strengthen and repair painful joints and connective tissues. To perform prolotherapy, doctors inject a natural irritant into the affected joint or tissue. This irritant triggers the body’s natural healing properties to kick-start healing in the area. The result is enhanced healing in the joint which can significantly reduce pain symptoms.
How is Prolotherapy Performed?
Prolotherapy is performed by your doctor during an office visit. Your doctor will inject several injections containing natural irritants into the exact location where you feel pain. Traditional prolotherapy uses natural irritants such as dextrose, saline, sarapin, procaine or lidocaine, which are innocuous substances that evoke a healing response from the body. Prolotherapy generally requires multiple sessions during which the injections are administered. The exact number of sessions and the number of injections you need depend on the location and extent of injury you are attempting to heal.
What Joints Can Prolotherapy Treat?
Prolotherapy has been a successful treatment for back pain. It can significantly reduce back pain and push the need for back surgery down for several months or years. Prolotherapy is also used to effectively treat knee, hip, and shoulder pain.
PRP Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy
Prolotherapy is a similar treatment to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy.
- PRP Therapy involves using a platelet-rich concentration of your blood to stimulate healing. The concentrated blood is injected into the affected joint using an injection. The platelet-rich plasma stimulates healing that was previously being neglected by the body. This encourages healing which can help reduce pain symptoms.
- Stem Cell Therapy involves using stem cells (taken from your fat tissue) to promote healing. Similar to PRP therapy, a concentrate is created using the stem cells, which is then injected into the affected joint or tissue. The stem cells help heal the damage in the area at a cellular level
PRP Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy Coupled With Prolotherapy
Fortunately, you can combine treatments like prolotherapy, PRP therapy, and stem cell therapy. The benefit of doing this is a significantly stronger treatment that bolsters regeneration and healing. While each of these treatments is effective on its own, the combination of them gives you even better results.
Joint Pain Treatment in West Denver, Colorado
Joint pain can be a major disturbance to your life and can be very difficult to deal with. If you are suffering from joint pain and want to explore treatments that can help you get relief from symptoms and prevent the need of joint surgery, consider making an appointment with the experts at STAR Spine & Sport. They offer comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation through customized treatment plans catered to your needs. To make an appointment, call (303) 238-4277 or request an appointment online.