Prolotherapy refers to “proliferative therapy;” a technique whereby a physician injects an osmotic solution into a tendon or ligament to stimulate regeneration, or proliferation, of tissues. The solution can vary, but it may include calcium gluconate, dextrose, lidocaine, procaine, and/or B vitamins. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) may be used instead as the proliferant. Some prolotherapists even use stem cells, but this can be cost prohibitive for most people.
Indications for treatment include but are not limited to the following: tendinopathies, osteoarthritis, strains, sprains, partial tears of ligaments and tendons. There are some documented cases of full-thickness tears being completely regenerated by prolotherapy, including the Achilles tendon and rotator cuff attachments.
Prolotherapy Can Treat:
Signs of joint loosening and instability such as popping, grinding, clicking, or snapping.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, and temporal mandibular joint issues.
Conditions helped by a brace, splint, crutch, walker, lift, or wheelchair.