Ligaments, tendons, and cartilage are known to have poor blood supplies, often keeping them from healing properly when injured. This can lead to excessive joint mobility, a cause of pain and further joint damage. The body tries to correct these sloppy joints as best it can through other means (scarring, bone spurs, etc), obviously not a great solution.
Prolotherapy techniques use substances that promote a healing environment in these tissues and aim for a permanent fix.
At our facilities, in appropriate cases, we offer prolotherapy using PRP (platelet rich plasma) or hypertonic dextrose. With PRP treatments: Your own blood is processed to concentrate platelets and growth factors, it is then injected into problem areas. Hypertonic dextrose techniques use a special mixture that aims to locally produce the same response as PRP.
These treatments are often very successful for treating pains in: knee, hip, low back, neck, shoulder, elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand, ankle, fibromyalgia, TMJ, chronic tendon injuries, and some types of pelvic pains.