Prolotherapy Hood River
What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is an injection technique that initiates an immune response in a given area, promoting our body’s ability to heal itself.
Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy, involves the treatment of two types of tissue, tendons and ligaments. When these tissues are injured (either acutely or gradually over time), the result is a weak, painful and unstable joint.
Because ligaments and tendons generally have a poor blood supply, incomplete healing is common after any injury.
The physiology behind the technique is actually quite simple. “Prolo” is short for proliferation, as it causes the formation and growth of new tissue in the area that has become weak and painful. The injection of dextrose (sugar water) causes a localized inflammatory reaction in the joint. Inflammation increases blood flow to the area, brings in healing elements and stimulates the healing response.
Research has shown that prolotherapy causes dilation of the blood vessels and brings in fibroblasts (healing cells) to the injured area. The fibroblasts lay down collagen, an essential building block necessary to repair the area.
MRI and x ray imaging before and after prolotherapy show that it does regenerate the joint tissue. Because new tissue is created, the results are permanent.
Prolotherapy is less invasive, less expensive and requires less recovery time when compared to surgery.
So if you have instability or pain in or around a joint, regardless of the cause, prolotherapy may be an option to help you regain pain free movement and start enjoying activities again.
Dr. Glen Jarosz has joined RenŪ Progressive Medicine and is currently seeing patients at the Portland location with hope to be seeing patients soon in Hood River.
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