Prolotherapy: How Do You Spell Relief?
Performed by Naturopathic Doctors – Patrick Bartoshyk, ND; Mélanie Robinson, ND
Prolotherapy also referred to as Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT), is defined as both a “nonsurgical ligament reconstruction” therapy as well as a treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain.
The word “Prolo” is short for proliferation as prolotherapy treatment enhances the growth and formation of new ligaments, tendons, and cartilage in areas where there is a weakness or excess scar tissue. Any joint in the body can be treated successfully with prolotherapy regardless of when the injury happened.
The treatment is also beneficial for most types of musculoskeletal pain. Prolotherapy incorporates the use of a specialized dextrose (sugar) solution, which is injected into a ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone.
The initial reaction of the treatment is localized inflammation triggering a wound healing cascade leading to increased blood supply and flow of nutrients and growth factors. This stimulates the tissue to repair itself by deposition of new collagen, the material that ligaments and tendons are made of. The new collagen then shrinks as it matures leading to ligament/tendon tightening and increased strength.