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Prolotherapy Treatment in Chennai

What is Prolotherapy?

  • The purpose of prolotherapy is to stimulate healing of an injured joint by injecting a natural irritant into the soft tissue. Treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain and tissue repair are achieved via this alternative therapy.
  • Inflammation iis temporarily increased by this injected irritant. In response to inflammation, our body increases blood flow and stimulates the growth and healing of damaged tissues, such as in degenerative disc disease or arthritis.
  • It is also known as proliferation therapy, regenerative joint injections, and non-surgical  ligament and tendon reconstruction.
  • It is considered a safe and effective alternative treatment for easing back and joint pain. However, Scientists are unable to understand how it works, and further studies have not confirmed its safety and effectiveness.

Prolotherapy: How it works

  • This procedure involves injecting mild irritants into the body part that’s injured. 
  • In most cases, Mild irritant is a mixture of saline, albumin, dextrose (a type of sugar), and  lidocaine, a numbing agent. 
  • Depending on your needs, the Injection composition is altered 
  • A temporary increase in inflammation will result from this irritant being injected. As a result of inflammation, your body will increase blood flow, stimulating new cells to grow and healing in the damaged tissues
  • Injections cause an inflammatory response that sets off a series of events that result in new, healthy cells. 
  • The joint should feel less painful, be stronger, and move more easily.

Here’s how it might help:

  • Pain relief and stiffness reduction
  • The joint will become stronger, more functional, and more mobile
  • Enhance the strength of ligaments and tendons

Prolotherapy is usually used on the back, but doctors may also use it on the following body parts:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Ligaments and joints in other parts of the body

What is the difference between Prolotherapy and Stem Cell Therapy, Plasma Therapy, or Cortisteroid Injections?

Prolotherapy differs from platelet-rich plasma or stem cell therapy. Blood-derived elements are used in both types of treatments. Also, corticosteroid injections are not the same as Prolotherapy. It does not heal your body, but treats only the Pain symptoms.

Prolotherapy treats the following conditions-

Several conditions can be successfully treated with prolotherapy. Here are a few examples:

  • Instability and joint pain
  • Pain in the back and neck
  • Whiplash
  • Inflammation of the tendons
  • Disc degeneration
  • Pain in the ankles or knees
  • Meniscal tears
  • Arthritis of the knee
  • IT band syndrome
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder
  • Tears in the rotator cuff
  • Plantar fasciitis

What are the risks associated with Prolotherapy?

It is likely that prolotherapy is safe. Most of the risks involved are minimal. However, there are possible risks such as:

  • Stiffness and pain
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling and bruises
  • Infection
  • allergic reactions

Less common adverse effects of Prolotherapy include:

  • Headache from the spine
  • A disk or spinal cord injury
  • Damage to nerves, ligaments, or tendons

The prolotherapy procedure involves

MRI scans, X-rays, and blood tests will be done before the Prolotherapy is given.

Your Doctor will do the following during the procedure:

  • Cleanse your skin with alcohol
  • Reduce pain by applying lidocaine cream to injection sites
  • Solution is injected into the affected joint
  • The entire process should take about 30 minutes.
  • The treated area can be covered with ice or heat packs for 10–15 minutes following treatment. This is the time when you will rest.
  • After that, you can go home.

You may experience swelling and stiffness after the procedure. Bruising, discomfort, swelling, and stiffness may last up to a week, but most patients are able to resume normal activities by the next day.

Immediately seek medical attention if you notice:

  • The pain worsens, swelling increases and a fever occurs

Please discuss the treatment plan with your doctor as every patient needs a specialized Treatment Plan.

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