“What is Prolotherapy?”
That is, without a doubt, the most common question I receive from patients that come to me for all types of chronic and acute pain including back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, neck pain and much more. Just what are the pros and cons of prolotherapy?
While I could spend hours writing about the clinical advantages of Prolotherapy treatment (compared to invasive surgery), you will find a very thorough overview of this unique, pain management therapy below.
If you are interested to learn more about Prolotherapy treatment, you’ll find several hyperlinks to further educate you about Prolotherapy and the pain management topics that interest you most.
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Dr. Darrow’s six part workshop on Prolotherapy
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“So… What Is Prolotherapy Treatment?”
The term “Prolotherapy” is short for “proliferation therapy.” Proliferation, of course, means “rapid production.” What Prolotherapy rapidly produces is collagen and cartilage, the soft tissues of the body, which stimulates the immune system’s own healing mechanism.
Prolotherapy works from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet, and everything in between, to heal the musculoskeletal system.
Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body that is a necessary element for the formation of connective tissue – the tissues that holds our skeletal infrastructure together.
These tissues include tendons, ligament, muscle fascia, joint capsular tissue, and cartilage on the inside of joints. Prolotherapy treatments helps generate collagen through a series of mild chemical injections which stimulates the immune system’s healing mechanism to produce collagen.
The new collagen and cartilage strengthens and restores joints, and supporting soft tissue, reducing or eliminating many different types of pain including:
- Lower Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Wrist Pain
- Hip Pain
- Ankle Pain
- Leg Pain
- Foot Pain
- Neck Pain
- Hand Pain
- Headaches And Migraine Headaches
Prolotherapy treatments do not require invasive surgery to eliminate acute or chronic pain. Instead, prolotherapy offers a safe, effective treatment for patients interested in living a pain-free life without surgery.
For this reason, millions of Prolotherapy injections are given each year by hundreds of physicians across the United States and the rest of the world. In California, I have treated thousands of patients with all different types of pain management issues. Thanks to the safe, effective benefits of Prolotherapy treatment, these patients avoided unnecessary, surgical procedures to eliminate chronic and acute pain problems.
The benefits of Prolotherapy are widely known and accepted by several, leading pain management specialists. In fact, Dr. C. Everett Koop, the former United States Surgeon General, recently stated, “I saw remarkable benefits when the method was used with proper indications. Certainly, if used properly, Prolotherapy does no harm but can be of extraordinary benefit.”
If you are currently experiencing chronic pain, acute pain, joint pain, or other pain management issues, I strongly encourage you to learn more about Prolotherapy prior to any surgical procedure. I am hopeful that this website, The Prolotherapy Institute, will help you better understand the benefits of Prolotherapy.
All the best towards living pain free!!
Dr. Marc Darrow, M.D.