Prolotherapy in colorado springs
Patients are asking about prolotherapy in Colorado Springs, because it is a non-surgical, non-pharmacological treatment for pain disorders, and more and more patients are looking for health care options that avoid surgery or medication.
Conditions treated by prolotherapy
Prolotherapy is commonly used to treat acute and chronic overuse injuries in joints, which can include:
As in the case of whiplash, joints become hypermobile due to overstretching the connective tissue between the joints. Whiplash commonly occurs from sports injuries, car accidents and personal injury incidents. Whiplash happens swiftly and it is therefore considered "acute."
However, injuries like tennis elbow and chronic knee or ankle sprains can be caused over time by overuse. Chronic simply means "over time." Tennis and basketball players are prone to ankle and knee injuries due to abrupt stopping and pivoting on the court. Often, if an athlete gets a sprain once, they are prone to multiple sprains, because the ligaments in the joints become hypermobile (they become too elastic). This is because there is relatively little blood flow to ligaments and cartilage, and therefore healing in these areas is more difficult.
How does prolotherapy work?
Prolotherapy uses an injection of dextrose (sugar) into the affected area, which is a natural irritant that causes the body to respond by adding more fibrous material to the area, therefore decreasing the elasticity of the joint.
The dextrose in the prolotherapy injection causes inflammation, which is one of the four stages of healing, which in turn cause the body to respond by adding more connective tissue.
The prolotherapy treatment
Prolotherapy appointments are typically 30-45 minutes, which includes prep time and in-office recovery. Prolotherapy injections occur every 2-6 weeks until the patient is able to return to normal activities.
Steroid injections are a common form of pain treatment, but steroids come with unwanted side effects like possible tissue degeneration and cataracts.
Unlike many drugs and surgery, prolotherapy has minimal side effects when performed by an experienced prolotherapist who uses sterile techniques.
After prolo injections, patients may experience bruising and a temporary increase in pain in the injected area because of the induced inflammation. Rare risks include infection, headache, nerve irritation or allergic reaction.
If you are looking for prolotherapy in Colorado Springs, give us a call at 719.476.0873 for a free consultation to discuss prolotherapy injections, as well as other options.
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