Prolotherapy is a safe, effective injection-based treatment used in chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The treatment objective is that it repairs weakened and torn ligaments by a natural healing mechanism. The body responds to irritation from the proliferant injections by making new connective tissue.
Ligaments are vital for joint stability. They are bands of tough, fibrous tissue that hold the joints in place. When ligaments are stretched or torn they often do not heal well due to poor blood supply. When the ligaments become too loose after being strained and overstretched constantly, the joint slips and slides out of the track it was designed to follow and the cartilage becomes worn causing osteoarthritis.
Prolotherapy involves Injecting an irritating solution to produce a slight inflammation to initiate the body’s natural healing mechanism. The injection solution contains a mixture of Glucose and Local Anaesthetic. The solution is injected to where the ligament attaches onto the bone. Usually many different points must be injected into various ligaments around the joints to strengthen the whole area.
The local anaesthetic brings immediate relief from the pain for a short period of time. After this the inflammation begins – and pain may occur and may last for a few days. Pain relief is used if necessary. A series of 2-3 treatments are usually required around a few weeks apart however a treatment plan is tailored to each individual’s case to provide the best possible outcome of care.
This therapy can be effective for foot related problems affecting the rearfoot, forefoot and ankles. The Podiatrists at Foot & Sole Podiatry can assess to see if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment modality.