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Prolotherapy and PRP
Damaged ligaments and tendons are serious sources of chronic pain and are notoriously stubborn to heal. Treatments such as Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) have demonstrated high rates of success through stimulating the body’s own healing mechanism.
Prolotherapy is an innovative technique that relieves pain by directly impacting the underlying condition causing that pain. In contrast to many medical treatments that may provide only temporary benefits, this safe, proven treatment offers lasting relief.
Many conditions respond well to prolotherapy, such as back and neck arthritis, whiplash, joint sprains, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, sprains, chronic tendonitis, and more.
Prolotherapy promotes long-term, often permanent pain relief by stimulating the body’s ability to repair itself. Here’s how it works and why prolotherapy is such a highly effective pain treatment:
- A solution of concentrated dextrose and local anesthetic (steroids are not used) is injected into the affected ligaments, tendons, or joint capsules
- This solution acts by stimulating the body’s natural ability to repair these tissues, encouraging growth of new ligament or tendon fibers
- Multiple treatments encourage additional tissue growth to restore and strengthen the affected area
- An individual plan is devised with prolotherapy treatments scheduled every two to six weeks until the healing is complete and you can return to normal activities without pain.
For more on Prolotherapy: view more information on our Links & Resources page here.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a next generation injection procedure commonly used to treat the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Spine
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
- ACL Injuries
- Pelvic Pain and Instability
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Ankle Sprains
- Ligament Sprains
PRP therapy uses a patient’s own platelets – a cellular component of blood – to repair damaged ligaments and tendons. PRP is popular in sports medicine and similar musculoskeletal disciplines to treat pain in shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, hips and other body areas prone to chronic tendon and ligament injury.
How Does PRP Help Heal The Body?
- The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells
- Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells
- PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the area in need
- To create PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The process produces higher concentrations of platelets and a much more pure concentration of the beneficial blood components
- The PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the healing process
- Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a low risk of allergic reaction
There may be up to three injections given within a six-month time frame. However, a large number of people gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.
Dr. Joanne Gordon of Natural Health Works is widely recognized for her skill and experience in administering Prolotherapy and PRP. She has studied with many leading practitioners in the country.