When a joint is damaged due to disease or injury, it can cause intense pain and limit your range of motion. Join pain can range from very mild to pain that is severe enough to interfere with normal everyday activities. Since joint pain can be either temporary or chronic, treatments may vary from those that can to done at home such as ice and heat, to physical therapy or even surgery.
Causes of joint pain
There are many different conditions that cause joint pain, including: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, and sprains. Knee pain is one of the most common types of pain followed by shoulders and hips.
As you age, you become more susceptible to joint pain due to brittle or weak bones and it can affect various parts of your body including your ankles, feet, shoulders, and hands..
Prolotherapy for joint pain
Prolotherapy is a safe, alternate treatment for joint pain that uses simple injections to create healing. Prolotherapy works by injecting a solution of dextrose or Vitamin B-12 into the affected joint to create a low-grade, inflammatory response. In turn, this activates a gradual healing process. The injections help to strengthen and reinforce the connective tissue on joints that are affected by diseases or normal deterioration.
Typically, Proletherapy is best utilized for people who have had joint pain for over eight weeks or when further improvements are needed. Unlike cortisone shots, which temporarily decrease joint pain, Prolotherapy is a long-term solution. It can be used effectively for people who have chronic to severe joint conditions, as it actually works to repair and improve problem areas.
If you have joint pain, and have already tried strengthening exercises, our Doctor may recommend Prolotherapy. Usually the treatments are don once weekly for 3 or 4 weeks.. Dr. Mixon, a Garland chiropractor, and joint pain specialist, along with our Nurse Practitioner, will perform a thorough examination, taking into account your history, x-rays, MRI’s, and blood work to help determine the cause of the pain before creating a treatment plan.
Prolotherapy as a treatment for knee pain
As an example of how Prolotherapy can help heal joint pain, we will start with the knee where joint pain is most common. The knee is the largest joint in the body and is the most susceptible to injury in adults. The most common types of knee injury are ligament strains and tears, including the patellar ligament as well as supporting ligaments around the joint.
Meniscus injuries are also a common cause for knee pain and account for one out of every six knee surgeries. Caused by degeneration or trauma, meniscus injuries can have poor healing rates because of lack of blood supply to the injured area. Given that these injuries and others in the knee involve tears and strains, Prolotherapy is a great treatment choice because the therapy works to strengthen and repair the affected ligaments. Most people report significant pain relief and improved range of motion following treatment.
This advanced therapy is also great for shoulder injuries. The most common cause of shoulder pain is rotator cuff injures which can occur from overuse injuries and degeneration due to age or disease such as arthritis. Prolotherapy has been shown effective in treating these injuries, similar to the way it does in knees. It rebuilds the supporting tissue that is damaged around the injured joint in the shoulder; providing long-term relief.
Prolotherapy is a counterintuitive approach as it triggers a slight, inflammatory response in the joint which encourages the connective tissues supporting the joint, to grow and strengthen, while relieving pain and improving the injury. However it has been used effectively for decades and numerous studies have validated its effectiveness in a wide range of cases.
Prolotherapy offers a non-invasive and affordable treatment for people of all ages. It has successfully helped many of our patients avoid the risk, cost and downtime of major surgery.
If you would like to learn more about prolotherapy and your options, contact our office today by calling (972) 840-2520.