Prolotherapy is an injection technique that stimulates the body to repair itself by stimulating inflammation. It starts the healing process with the ultimate goal of improved ligament, tendon and cartilage strength.
“Prolo” is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament or cartilaginous tissue in areas where it has become weak or degenerative.
Numerous studies have shown a success rate of over 80% , with success judged as at least 50% reduction in pain. This is quite remarkable, given that the treatment has minimal side effects and less cost compared to other surgical and non-surgical treatments. It is estimated that over 1 000 000 patients have been treated with Prolotherapy in the last 70 years.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Prolotherapy falls under the classification of Point Injection Therapy. Bone pecking and aqueous injections using bamboo injection needles dates back more than 3000 years, and subsequently dextrose injections have been used in China since the 1930’s. Dr’s of Chinese Medicine have known for many years that there is healing and life in the blood, and TCM research and common practice has validated the injection of human body fluids for pain management. Interestingly, the Shanghai College of Traditional Medicine have stated in their texts: “the injections are often made at the origin or insertion of related muscles or tendons “. Prolotherapy brings healing and growth factors to the painful area by increasing blood flow to the injected area.
Doctors of Chinese Medicine throughout the world are currently practicing Prolotherapy as a means to eliminate the source of pain and regenerate dysfunctional tissue. Currently , American and Canadian Chinese physicians are the leading pioneers in this field , and have established the Acupoint and Regeneration Injection International Association.
The treatment is useful for many different types of musculoskeletal pain; including arthritis; back pain; neck pain; fibromyalgia; sports injuries; whiplash; carpal tunnel syndrome; chronic tendonitis; partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage; degenerated or herniated discs; Temporomandibular Disorder; sciatica; and many more.
Dr Stavrou trained in comprehensive Hackett-Hemwell Prolotherapy in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010, and is currently mentored by Dr Ross Hauser of Caring Medical.
Only natural injectible ingredients are used at Regenerative Heath.
Here are some of the main ingredients:
- Dextrose, a sugar made from corn.
- Sodium Chloride
- Dang Gui Compound (Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
- Huang Rui Xiang
Why do I need it?
- It promotes the body’s own natural healing ability.
- The natural functions of the body are regained and optimized.
- No drugs or surgery are used.
- It relieves pain.
- In a double blind human study where neither the patients nor the researchers knew specifically who was receiving the treatment, 88.5% of those injected with the Prolotherapy solutions showed improvement.
- Results are permanent (though aging continues).
- It is a conservative treatment.
- The solutions used are made from natural ingredients.
- It is considerably less expensive than surgical intervention.
Enhancing the body’s innate ability to heal is characteristic of many treatments offered at Regenerative Health. This is often the hallmark of a well thought out medical approach, which minimizes adverse effects. Personalizing and tailoring the course of Prolotherapy to the needs of the individual client and his or her physical and emotional constitution are essential elements of our integrated and holistic approaches to pain care.