Prolo therapy, also known as Regenerative injection therapy (RIT), is a non-surgical injection procedure designed to relieve chronic musculoskeletal pain and stimulate natural healing in injured tissue and joints. Prolo therapy is now being used as a safe and effective alternative to surgery, cortisone injections, non-steroidal inflammatory, and narcotic pain medications for many sports injuries and chronic pain conditions.
Conditions treated by Prolo therapy
– Low back pain
– Neck pain/whip lash injuries
– Sports injuries
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– Chronic tendonitis
– Partial tendon tears
– Degenerative disc disease
– Temporal mandibular joint pain
– Ligament laxity
How it works:
Ligaments, tendons and cartilage are common structural tissues that sustain damage during injuries. Unfortunately, those tissues have limited blood supply. Therefore, the body is unable to recruit enough repairing cells. This results in inadequate rehabilitation of the injured site and incomplete healing. Prolo injected into the injured area can stimulate healing by signaling the body to attract cells specializing in repair, such as fibroblasts. These cells can create collagen, which can strengthen and repair the damaged tissue.
– Prolo therapy: Combination of dextrose (sugar water), anesthetics (lidocaine or procaine) and other natural compounds (such as B 12) are injected into and around injured sites.
– Plasma Rich Protein injections (PRP): A doctor would draw a small amount of a patient’s blood and extract the portion with the most growth factors and healing cells. These would then be injected into the injured site. PRP injections are used for more serious or advanced cases of chronic injuries to stimulate further healing.
Patients will be able to go home the same day and should avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications. In approximately one week’s time, the patient will notice a reduction in pain and stiffness, as well as an improvement in the function of the joint. Additional injections may be necessary to ensure the complete healing of the injured site.