Prolotherapy, a type of regenerative treatment, boasts a success rate of over 80% when used to heal injured ligaments and tendons. Dr. Steve Matta, DO, MBA, CAQSM, and the team at Meeting Point in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have helped many patients in the greater Philadelphia area overcome pain and regain optimal function and mobility with a series of Prolotherapy injections. If you have a damaged ligament or tendon and you’d like to learn if you might benefit from Prolotherapy, call the Meeting Point office for more information, or schedule a consultation by requesting an appointment online today.
Prolotherapy, or regenerative injection therapy, relieves pain, strengthens and restores tissues, and improves your range of motion by activating your body’s healing response. The term Prolotherapy comes from its ability to proliferate tissue regeneration. A Prolotherapy injection contains dextrose, (a well-researched proliferation agent), a local anesthetic, and other nutritional agents aimed at damaged ligaments and tendons.
After your Meeting Point provider injects the mixture, the dextrose sugar causes just enough irritation to trigger a self-healing cascade that allows the tissue to regenerate. As a result, your body automatically begins to regenerate by sending platelets and stem cells to the area to repair and rebuild the damaged tissues.
The team at Meeting Point primarily uses Prolotherapy to treat injured ligaments and tendons. When these connective tissues are damaged or weak, you also have problems with joint movement and function.
Ligaments and tendons are frequently injured by trauma, such as an acute sports injury or overuse injury. However, we can also become weak due to hormone changes and genetics that cause naturally lax tissues.
Prolotherapy effectively relieves your pain and improves healing in ligaments and tendons in most areas of your body, including your lower back, neck, and knees.
Your provider at Meeting Point reviews your medical history and symptoms. When necessary, your provider will prescribe the use of X-ray, MRI, and ultrasound to get a better understanding of what is happening in your body and move forward with an appropriate treatment plan.
After determining that Prolotherapy is the best treatment, your provider applies a local anesthetic. Using ultrasound imaging to guide the needle to the exact site of your injured tissues, your provider injects the Prolotherapy solution.
Prolotherapy treatment for one body area typically takes 15-30 minutes. You may receive one or several injections, depending on the treatment area. Most patients need a series of 4-6 Prolotherapy injections spaced about six weeks apart.
You should expect to have soreness, aching, burning, swelling, or muscle spasms that last 3-7 days after your injection. You may also notice bruising at the injection site.
These side effects develop because the intent of the injection is to produce the irritation and inflammation needed to trigger healing.
Rebuilding tissues takes time. You should experience substantial pain reduction and improved function within a few short months.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for Prolotherapy, call Meeting Point or schedule an appointment online.