Prolotherapy (Proliferation Therapy) for Sports Injuries
Prolotherapy of Denver wants to help restore your muscle and connective tissue and get you back to doing the sports and activities you love. As Denver’s leading specialist in proliferation therapy, commonly known as prolotherapy, Dr. Scott Richardson is available to diagnose your injury and prepare a prolotherapy treatment plan, personalized for you. Contact us with any questions or book an appointment today!
What Is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical procedure that stimulates and enhances the body’s healing process to strengthen and repair injured joints and connective tissue. Simply put, prolotherapy is a treatment used to treat connective tissue injuries like tendons and ligaments that have not healed on their own. When these connective tissues are stretched or torn, that can destabilize the joint and cause pain, laxity and improper movement of the joint.
The top ingredient in a prolotherapy injection is dextrose at a concentration of 12.5% to 25%. Dextrose is a natural sugar that will initiate an inflammatory response in your tissue. This increases blood circulation and brings with it oxygen and other nutrients to the area.
While each provider can use a different formula, here at Prolotherapy of Denver, we use a combination of Dextrose, B12 (hydroxocobolamin) and lidocaine (to ease the patient’s discomfort). By using natural substances that the body can recognize, it helps the body in healing and reduces the chance of a patient reacting to the injection.
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Benefits of Prolotherapy
- Heals ligaments – Ligaments help keep our joints stable. With repetitive use or injury, ligaments can become stretched and unstable. Prolotherapy helps to strengthen ligaments and provides longevity in sports.
- Repairs tendons – Tendons connect muscles to bones. Over time, they can become overused and weak. This is referred to as tendinopathy. Prolotherapy helps the body to heal tendons, allowing an athlete to perform their best.
- Builds cartilage – Recently it has been discovered that prolotherapy can help in the treatment of osteoarthritis. It helps the body to produce cartilage, reducing the pain of arthritis, especially when you first start having symptoms.
Our Injection Treatment Series
Most of the time, you need to do a series of injections to gain the most from prolotherapy. For mild to moderate injuries, three injections generally work well. You will want to wait three to four weeks between each injection. For more severe injuries, you may need five injections.
Doing dry needling treatments between prolotherapy injections can also help with healing, but it needs to be done at the appropriate time and at a more moderate scale. Ask us for more information today!
Schedule an Appointment Today
Dr. Richardson and his staff are ready to answer your questions about prolotherapy and help you get the treatment you need to restore your connective tissue and muscles back to full health. Contact us today by calling (720) 665-7127 or use the convenient online scheduling form to book an appointment at our Denver office.