Prolotherapy Alternative Therapy & Natural Remedy for Joint Pain
Prolotherapy has been used in the USA for over 50 years to treat joint, ligament, tendon and arthritic problems. As of this writing more than 1 million patients have been treated successfully with prolotherapy including Dr. C. Everett Koop, MD, former US Surgeon General.
Bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments do not heal easily because the blood supply to these tissues is low. As these tissues are damaged, the joint loses stability and, in order to make up for this, the body grows bony, arthritic spurs. This produces more friction, elevated pain and weakness, and a decrease in mobility of the joint. This is often followed by further injury.
Prolotherapy can aid the process of healing for certain injuries. To treat injured joints, the practitioner will inject a local anesthetic along with a natural irritant, minerals, phenol, dextrose or other natural substances into regions where cartilage, tendons or ligaments are weak or torn. The injected substances cause the body to respond by producing additional connective tissue thus strengthening the damaged or weakened areas. Because of this, the patient will have decreased pain and more endurance and strength. Additional benefits of prolotherapy are increased mobility and range of motion. The injections are totally safe and produce the same natural healing response that would naturally occur after an injury.
Dr. George Hackett, MD, conducted a study in the 1950s with 1600 patients who had severe sacroiliac sprain. These persons were given prolotherapy injections. 2 to 12 years later the patients were examined by independent doctors and they found that 82% were free of pain or any continuing discomfort. Dr. Hackett's experiments were again performed in 1983 and 1985 by the Department of Orthopedic Research, University of Iowa. Both of these studies discovered that tendons became more securely attached to the bone and gained in structure and strength by 30% to 40% above normal.
Internist Dr. Thomas Dorman, MD, and rheumatologist Robert Klein, MD, conducted a double-blind study in 1987 at the Sansun medical clinic of Santa Barbara, California. The study was performed on 81 patients who suffered with low back pain that had been continuous for 10 years or more. Their study showed that 88% of the patients, who had been given prolotherapy by injection of a solution of phenol, glycerin and dextrose, showed moderate to significant improvement. Another study like this was reported in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and it showed an 80% improvement. There have been many more studies like this proving the efficacy of prolotherapy. Cortisone injections interfere with the effectiveness of prolotherapy. It should be noted that prolotherapy requires special training and a serious commitment on the part of the physician in order to become proficient at the procedure. You can find a prolotherapy practitioner in your area by doing a search for prolotherapy on the web.
Typical conditions and symptoms that do well with prolotherapy include arthritis, neck and back pain, torn cartilage and ligaments, degenerated discs, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, achilles tendon tears, heel spurs, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, bunions, herniated discs, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, hip degeneration, knee injuries, polio, sacroiliac sprain, sciatica, scoliosis and other spinal defects, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and whiplash.
The information in this piece was extracted from the book Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide. This book is the undisputed bible for alternative medicine. Anyone interested in alternative approaches to healing should own a copy of this book.
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