Most people never have to think too hard about walking across a room. People living with ACL laxity or osteoarthritis don’t have this luxury. The ACL is one of the most important ligaments in the body. It is also one of the easiest to damage, which can cause ACL laxity. Until recently, there were very few treatment options for treating injuries to the ACL with the exception of surgery to repair the ligament. Now there is another option! Prolotherapy is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment option that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of ACL laxity.
What Is the ACL?
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the connective tissue that attaches the thighbone to the shinbone at the knee. This ligament is what allows the knee to bend and supports a person as they walk or run. Without a strong ACL a person may be unable to walk or stand comfortably. They may be subject to frequent falls due to their knee buckling.
The ACL can be injured by a sudden twist of the knee when the hips move but the leg does not. This causes tears to the ligament that can be extremely painful. There are different grades of tears ranging from small tears that a person may not even notice to severe tears that prevent a person from walking on the leg.
What Is ACL Laxity?
Repeated or severe damage to the ACL can cause the ligaments to become loose. This is called ACL laxity and is common in athletes who frequently injure their ACL. ACL laxity can also be caused by osteoarthritis of the knee.
Symptoms of ACL laxity include:
- Weakness at the knee joint
- Pain, tingling, or numbness
- Popping knee joint
- Buckling or instability
- Reduced range of motion
What Is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a non-surgical alternative for the treatment of ACL laxity and other knee damage caused by ligament damage. The treatment course consists of several injections to the site of the injury over the course of several months. The number of injections required to see results varies depending on the severity of the injury and other individual factors.
How Does Prolotherapy Work?
Injections of growth factors and simulated growth factors causes temporary cellular stress in the ACL. This causes the release of cytokines and an influx of white blood cells to flood the ACL which promotes healing. Tissue regeneration and growth has been observed at the site of injection after as few as three to five treatments. Some patients experience temporary pain at the injection site similar to receiving a flu shot or vaccine that goes away after a day or two.
Prolotherapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of people with ACL laxity by reducing pain and swelling, increasing range of motion, and reducing the likelihood of the joint buckling. It is a safe, natural alternative to medications and surgery that promotes healing. Prolotherapy of Denver have been providing safe, alternative care in the treatment of ACL laxity to patients in the Denver area for years. If you’re interested in our 5 pack plan, reach out to us today.