Prolotherapy for Treating Chronic Pain
Prolotherapy is a non-surgical procedure for stimulating natural strengthening and healing of ligaments and tendons. Pain experienced within joints is commonly caused by weakness or injury of the ligaments and tendons that stabilize joints and allow you to move freely. Damage or inadequate healing from previous injury causes instability and weakness that is usually experienced as pain.
With Prolotherapy, Dr. Kerendian is able to stimulate a local inflammatory process around the damaged ligaments and tendons which increases the blood and nutrient supply to areas of pain allowing the tissues to repair themselves naturally. After just a few treatments, our patients report significant reduction in pain and in most cases, pain is completely eliminated from the problem areas.
Prolotherapy takes a proactive approach to pain management by dealing with the underlying cause instead of simply masking the symptoms. By stimulating the body to heal the damaged area, Prolotherapy increases strength, flexibility, and mobility while reducing pain in the affected area.
Chronic pain is a problem for millions of Americans and results in significant disability for many of us. The primary focus of medical therapies for treating pain is to reduce inflammation and suppress pain sensation. Pain medications, cortisone and other anti-inflammatory medications are important for short term emergency treatment of injury but have significant side-effects when used as a long-term therapy for chronic pain. While surgical repair of severe injury is often indicated, it is rarely the treatment of choice for chronic pain until more conservative measures have failed. If it is found that tissue removal or joint replacement surgeries are eventually required, treatment with Prolotherapy will not interfere with subsequent surgeries.
Who Performs Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy requires extensive training and is provided by only a few hundred practitioners in the United States. Practitioners in such prestigious institutions as the Mayo Clinic and a variety of teaching hospitals across the country use Prolotherapy as an adjunct treatment for all manner of musculoskeletal injuries. A skilled practitioner such as Dr. Kerendian, typically achieves an 80% to 95% success rate at eliminating chronic pain with Prolotherapy
Prolotherapy is not a new treatment for chronic pain. Medical doctors like Dr. Kerendian have extensive training in safely administering Prolotherapy injections and in the last 35 years there have been no significant side effects of Prolotherapy reported in the United States. The solutions injected are non-toxic and are primarily dextrose so they are readily absorbed by your body over time.
As with any modern medical procedure there is risk involved in Prolotherapy and Dr. Kerendian will carefully explain all risks during his initial meeting with you. It is generally accepted that Prolotherapy risk is significantly less than long-term therapy with anti-inflammatory medications and pain killers.