The pain becomes chronic and persistent if it develops over the course of a disease. Chronic pain has a negative impact on all aspects of an individual’s life, including emotional, physical, financial and social elements. Chronic pain of any member of a family dramatically affects the whole family. Prolotherapy is an American method that has been used in the U.S.A. for nearly 60 years, it is known as a non-surgical treatment for the reconstruction of ligaments, tendons, and the joints of the musculoskeletal apparatus. First of all it is important to understand the word “Prolo” which derives from the Latin “Proles” (NPT) which means “Stimulation of Growth.” In “Prolotherapy” a solution of glucose (sugar and water) is used, and it is infiltrated directly into the damaged ligament or tendon / sufferer which is “attached” to the bone.
In this weak area, following the infiltration of glucose, a local acute inflammatory reaction with increased perfusion bleeds, and the interest of the cell repair factors that determine a true “self-repair” is thus created. “Prolotherapy” has established itself as a non-surgical treatment for the reconstruction of ligaments and chronic pain. The “Prolotherapy” is a Real Pain solution without surgery, without drugs, without rest or work disability, suitable for all, men and women, young and old, sportsmen and athletes, for all those people who want to solve the chronic pain problems without resorting to surgery.
The weakened ligament causes the vertebra to change its position over the disc, causing pressure on the disc, thus increasing the possibility of herniated disc.
The ligaments that support the back are strong and move the vertebrae into their proper alignment by relieving pressure over the disc.
• Painful syndromes
• Neck pain
• Dorsal and lumbar pain
• Rib pain
• Shoulder and scapular Pain
• Pain in the lower limbs
• Disc disease (herniated disc of the spine)
• Pain in the hips
• Pains in the knees
• Pain in the ankles and feet
• Pain in the back
• Pain in the elbows
• Pain in the wrist
• TMJ (jaw pain)
• Post-traumatic pain
• Sport post-traumatic pain
• Post-fracture pain
The basic mechanism of Prolotherapy is simple. A substance is injected into damaged unstable tissue causing an inflammatory reaction. This local inflammatory reaction triggers a series of complex processes of healing with new collagen tissue production. The former new collagen gradually reduces during maturation. The ligaments that have been injected are physiologically stronger and more robust, thanks to collagen properties bringing a local complex stability.
Prolotherapy is 90% effective eliminating chronic pain and is very effetive in the treatment of many sports injuries. The very important point is that the infiltration is targeted only to weakened structures. If these areas are properly infiltrated, the chances of success in healing are excellent.
The patient is first evaluated in an interview by the doctor, where the patient is carefully examined and evaluated including review of all diagnostical data including x-rays. The patient will be thoroughly informed, and will be shown how “prolotherapy” works in regards to the clinical situation of the patient.
Finally the patient is visited by the doctor, and informed on the best strategy to solve his or her health problem.
A few hours after infiltration with prolotherapy, the anesthetic effect wears off and the patient may experience a dull or local pain that may continue for a few days (inflammatory phase – lasting a week or so).
Who performs Prolotherapy will strictly instruct you to NOT take anti-inflammatory drugs including aspirin (aspirin, Voltaren, Brufen, Aulin, Moment, painkillers, etc.) during the period of 2-3 weeks. In case of pain analgesics are recommended (Tylenol, Tramadol, etc.).
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Every medical procedure has risks, but it is equally known that undeniable discomfort and suffering from chronic pain needs to be solved. Let’s look at some of the risks of people with chronic pain and risks in life with chronic pain
• Economic Problems related to working inability
• Increasing negative stress
• Sleep disturbance
• Progressive physical deterioration
• Problems in the couple relationship
• Physical interruption in sporting activities leading to depression
• Loss of self-esteem
• Dependence on pain medications
• Increase weight due too lack of movement and sports activities
So the risk of chronic pain is huge !! Chronic pain leads to other pathologies such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue, hormonal changes, and many other … The psychological price of dealing with your family and with the people around you is very important. So what should this person do?
The suffering person can choose from one of many treatments that the market offers with its risks and costs. (Acupuncture, hypnosis, massage, electro stimulation, cortisone, mesotherapy, and many others).Prolotherapy as all therapies still has its risks and contraindications if not done properly by well trained physician –prolotherapist experts.
• Bleeding at the injection site
• Local Bruising
• Local pain
• Local swelling
• Spinal headache
Many sports injuries are often distracting and distorting in origin; meaning that sports trauma dominantly injure the tendons and ligaments. If these athletes are treated appropriately and targeted with Prolotherapy, they can recover very quickly and be physically ready to play their sport again with excellent results. For example, knee sprain ligament causes a joint instability. With Prolotherapy, applied to injured tissue, there is a direct immune attack causing proliferation which accelerates the healing of unstable ligament. In this way, the instability treated (eg. Knee, shoulder, back, etc.) resumes its physiological function and provides a guarantee that it will not lose its function because the new tissue is regenerated and reinforced.
As regards sports injuries, Prolotherapy is an absolutely a beneficial treatment and well recommended. Numerous clubs, sports clubs and individual athletes, have already tested and used Prolotherapy with great success: The United States SCI team, as well as many US teams, professional and not, Basketball and American Football are using this fabulous therapy avoiding surgery for their athletes, with extraordinary results.
Ligaments are used to hold the bones together. The ligaments are robust structures similar to nylon fabrics that have the function to securely hold together the bone structures and which allow limited movement of the latter. Any excessive stretching to the physiology of ligaments may result in instability of the associated complex structures. Ligaments are very important structures for joint stability and are sometimes sensitive subject to strains and injuries.
The spine is full of ligaments and for the above reasons there may be frequent reasons for instability of the spine (back/neck pain). The ligaments have an elastic energy, very similar to “elastic bands”. The ligaments that lose or reduce this elastic function, become unstable and insecure and thus allow the micro-movements of the bones or abnormal movements of the bony structures that cause the pain.
Many athletes of the italian american
football league (Aquile di Ferrara) have
used Prolotherapy with excellent results.