“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw
Over the course of several sessions, depending on the severity of the case and other related factors, patients are given small amounts of a natural solution known as a prolotherapy injection to the site of the painful or injured tendon, joint or ligament. This solution contains dextrose which is a natural form of glucose. This stimulates the regenerative process that will repair and restore the affected soft tissues.
Dextrose is water-soluble and can be intravenously administered safely in different areas of the body. It is also a normal component of blood chemistry and it can be injected in a large quantity.
The dextrose solution works by dehydrating cells at the injection site, which will cause local tissue trauma. This will attract immune cells (granulocytes) and macrophages and stimulate the healing process. Macrophages are specialized cells involved in the detection and destruction of bacteria. Macrophages can also initiate inflammation by releasing cytokines that activate other cells.
One clinical trial has shown that dextrose prolotherapy injections helped decrease pain among knee osteoarthritis patients and provided a better therapeutic effect compared to exercise and local anesthetic.
The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine (AOAPRM) also notes that studies show 85% to 95% of patients “experience improvement” with prolotherapy (compared to studies showing that 52% of patients noted improvement after back surgery). The success rate can vary depending on a number of factors unique to the patient’s situation.
Aside from relieving chronic pain, success with prolotherapy can also save people from having surgery. When searching for the term prolotherapy Scottsdale on the internet, Source of Health will be a main resource shown. Our reviews speak for themselves and show how effective this therapy can be.
George Bernard Shaw
Typically 3-6 treatments can be expected over a year to see significant changes in stability.
During your initial discovery session, we’ll listen to your concerns and make sure we are a great fit to help you. We’ll review any recent imaging, labs or other pertinent information. But most importantly, we’ll listen.