Prolotherapy or ligament reconstruction therapy is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by traumatic or over-use injury.
When ligaments or tendon attachments are stretched, torn, or fragmented, the joints become hypermobile and painful. Traditional approaches with surgery and anti-inflammatory drugs often fail to stabilized the joint and relieve this pain permanently.
Prolotherapy, with its unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability, can repair the weakened sites and produce new fibrous tissues, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of tissue are typically treated?
Ligaments, joints, tendons, joint capsules and cartilage are all types of tissue that can benefit from Prolotherapy.
What’s the rate of success in treatment?
The anticipated rate of success depends on a number of variables. These variables include disease, patient compliance, and technique. Research on benefits range from a 50-80% success rate in reducing pain and improving function with Prolotherapy.
What side effects can I expect?
Side effects of prolotherapy injections may include temporary soreness, stiffness, and occasional bruising around the injection site. Depending on the agent used, patients may experience flushing or warmth, in addition to localized pressure at the site of injection. Symptoms usually resolve after 24-48 hours. Dr. Ma will provide and post care instructions to support you during this treatment.