Prolotherapy is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing processes to repair ligaments, tendons or joints damaged or weakened by trauma or over-use injury. Tendons and ligaments are rebuilt to up to 40% more than their original strength. The procedure involves injection of a mild irritant solution directly on the site of the injured tendon or ligament. This stimulates the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to lay down new tissue.
Conditions That Can be Treated With Prolotherapy
Neck or back pain
Degenerated disc disease
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Torn Tendons, Ligaments, Cartilage
Rotator Cuff Tears
A joint is only as strong as its weakest ligament. If the ligaments become torn or over-stretched the joint becomes unstable. Friction causes the discs or cartilage to become worn down causing a loss of height. This loss of height causes further ligament laxity and thus more instability.
Friction creates stress. Stress creates bone which results in bone spurring. Degenerative disease is the body’s attempt to stabilize joints
Prolotherapy can cure pain. There is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming pain free and 89% to have significantly less pain.
Why aren’t more doctors doing prolotherapy? First, it isn’t taught in most medical schools. Most orthopedic surgeons don’t even know about it. And if they do, they won’t do it because it isn’t covered by many insurances, most notably being government insurance like Medicare/Medicaid. It isn’t covered by insurance because most of the solutions, such as dextrose, are cheap and cannot be patented. Pharmaceutical companies won’t work on getting FDA approval because the cost would not be reimbursed. Organizations such as AAOM and private doctors are doing controlled studies to prove the effectiveness of prolotherapy. General insurance acceptance is still a way off, even though the procedure would save millions of people from expensive surgery, long-term pain management, or disability.
Individuals need to pursue prolotherapy for themselves. Prolotherapy heals what is wrong. Neither surgery nor pharmaceuticals does that. If you find a doctor who does prolotherapy in your area, please inform us of their name and contact information for the database we is building. There is a database at http://www.getprolo.com/prolotherapy-doctor-locator/, but not all doctors are listed there because it costs to do so.
If you have pain or know someone who does and you want to know more about prolotherapy, you can learn more through the prolotherapy DVD available soon here, or by scheduling a free seminar either in person or through Skype with Dr. Cheek.