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Platelet Rich Plasma: There is not much good data that I am aware of showing that prolotherapy is effective. PRP or platelet rich plasma is showing effectiveness in small studies for several indications. These include: Facial rejuvenation, hair regrowth, sexual rejuvenation, arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries, and more. Based on my experience, I recommend PRP therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prolotherapy: Prolotherapy is also known as "proliferation therapy, " "regenerative injection therapy, "or "proliferative injection therapy". It involves injecting a non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body, generally in the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating musculoskeletal pain. ...Read more
Safe: Prolotherapy is used by trained musculo-skeletal physicians to address ligament injuries and instability. It is only effective for these injuries, and stimulates the body to effectively heal itself through the inflammation pathways. It is not effective for pain syndromes of other types. ...Read more
Pain flare up: Immediate side effects (if we can call it that way) include possible flare up of pain which usually last a couple of days. Some patients don't even experience any flare ups. See this video where i explain what is prolotherapy. http://otwithmd.com/what-is-prolotherapy/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have you heard of prolotherapy? If so, how efective is it on shoulder connective tissues and labrum?
Not proven: Prolotherapy involves injection of dextrose(sugar) solution into ligaments to induce repair and strengthening. The labrum is made of a different kind of connective tissue, and if damaged, i.e.. Thorn, it will not likely respond to prolotherapy. If detached from the glenoid(socket) of the shoulder it needs to be re attached. This will not happen with prolotherapy but requires surgery. ...Read more
I have week ligaments near l-2 l-3. It can be very very very painful. How or can this be fixed. Without the use of prolotherapy! what would surgery do?
See below: This is a strange diagnosis. Have you had any trauma to your back such as a severe motor vehicle accident or severe fall. Who had told you of this diagnosis. ?Strengthening of the back and core muscles , proper body mechanics and lifting techniques, weight loss if applicable are some basic things you can try. A physical therapist that specializes in backs would probably be very helpful and guide you as well as an orthopedic surgeon. Thank you. ...Read more
New tissue: Good question. The point of prolotherapy is to create new tissue within ligaments. When a ligament has been strained it's like a rubber band that's lost its spring ; no longer effectively holds our bones together. Prolotherapy stimulates regeneration of the ligaments- not scar tissue! see http://www.Caringmedical.Com/prolotherapyblog/todays-vlog-does-prolotherapy-cause-scar-tissue/. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: You are comparing two "alternative" treatments in which stuff is injected into the insertions of ligaments / tendons. In prolotherapy, the operator injects sugar, glycerine, or some other simple substance. Injecting platelet-rich plasma is a whole new level of things. Caveat emptor. ...Read more
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