Burnaby Prolotherapy For Treatment Of Pain And Injuries
The joints are the weakest part of your musculoskeletal structure. It is no surprise, then, that joint injuries are often the cause of pain and discomfort. Ligaments are the “hinges” that hold bones to bones in joints while tendons connect muscles to bones. When your ligaments and tendons are injured, their healing is often slow and incomplete because their blood supply is limited.
Stretched ligaments and tendons do not show up on x-ray and can appear normal on MRI. However, they have lots of nerve endings so you will feel pain at the areas where they are torn or loose. On top of this, the muscles surrounding the joint will spasm to compensate for loss of stability. This creates more pain and will reduce your range of motion, leaving you stiff and sore.
Prolotherapy involves the use of a dextrose solution, which is injected into the injured ligament or tendon where it joins the bone. The concentrated dextrose causes a localized inflammation which attracts blood supply, tissue growth factors, and other nutrients to the area. This then stimulates your body to repair the injuries and results in newly formed, pain-free tissue. This is in contrast to anti-inflammatory cortisone injections that many patients receive for pain treatment. While cortisone can reduce pain quickly, it does not heal injuries and actually speeds up tissue degeneration.
Prolotherapy is a safe, effective, non-surgical treatment for pain and injury. Some of the conditions that respond well to prolotherapy include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Chronic tendonitis
- Partially torn tendons, ligaments, cartilage
- Degenerated or herniated discs
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome