When to get Prolotherapy, when not to.
Dr. Hauser says that sometimes soft tissue injuries and painful sensations go away on their own, but other times Prolotherapy is needed to complete healing. But what about the gray areas in between? How do you know when to get Prolotherapy and how soon after an injury should you get treated?
When Prolotherapy treatments is indicated:
1. The injury does not gradually get better
The reason that some injuries heal by themselves is because the body possesses a remarkable healing capability. It does this through an inflammatory process that is initiated by the immune system. When there is injury to a tendon or ligament, the immune system increases circulation to the area resulting in redness, warmth and swelling.
While this inflammation is often painful, it should be allowed to run its course since it is the body’s way of healing. Any sort of anti-inflammatory or RICE treatment should be avoided. As inflammation runs it course type 1 collagen is laid down by fibroblasts to increase ligament and tendon strength, this process can take four to six weeks to complete. Finally the body goes through a remodeling stage that lasts up to 18 months as tit restructures the injury back to its pre-injury state.
If the pain from the injury does not gradually get better in the days after the injury, Prolotherapy should be considered. Prolotherapy induces the natural inflammation that begins the healing process explained above. So if an injury does not get better on its own, the tissue damage may be too severe or your lifestyle may not be one that allows for proper recovery.
2. You need a quick recovery
While most people desire quick recoveries from injuries, many people need it to carry on their daily lives. These include athletes who need to return to training, people whose careers depend on the use of the injured site, caretakers responsible in watching after small children or the elderly, etc.
The body has tremendous healing capabilities through the inflammatory cascade. The goal of this natural healing process is the regenerate collagen and extracellular matrix that gives connective tissues its strength and durability against strong forces. If the injury is not healed through the natural healing process or if the healing process is taking too long, Prolotherapy is the perfect solution because it acts as the stimulus needed to bring begin the inflammatory cascade and reach 100% healing.
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