Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment which stimulates healing. Short for "proliferation therapy," Prolotherapy is also known as nonsurgical ligament and tendon reconstruction, or regenerative injection therapy. Prolotherapy is an alternative medicine treatment that uses injection of an irritant solution into ligaments or tendons in an effort to relieve pain. Prolotherapy treatment works by stimulating the body's own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured musculoskeletal tissue. 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 is safe and proven treatment offers lasting relief. The total appointment time takes approximately 30 minutes, including preparation, treatment and recovery time. Performed in a medical office, prolotherapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, without general anesthesia or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery period. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure. The Prolotherapy injections promote a healing response in small tears and weakened tissue, with the goal of alleviating back pain and improving function. Prolotherapy involves a series of injections, reportedly ranging from 3 to 30 (average 4 to 10), depending on the back condition and the individual being treated. The prolotherapy injection series may cover 3 to 6 months with injections at 2 to 3 week intervals. The prolotherapy side effects include some bruising, pain, stiffness and swelling in the area. Prolotherapy should not cause excessive, severe pain as it could indicate an infection.
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