Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma
Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are two types of regenerative medicine offered at Naturmend that are designed to strengthen and repair injured joints, ligaments and connective tissue in the body. It is one of many services our naturopathic doctors offer.
What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is an injection therapy designed to stimulate the body’s natural healing response in areas of injured ligaments and tendons. Ligaments, tendons, and areas with cartilage can heal incompletely or degenerate overtime in situations such as chronic low grade stress to the area, injury, poor posture, hormonal deficiencies and even improper nutrition. Symptoms are chronic pain, recurrent injury, muscle spasms, joint instability and decreased mobility.
The injected nutrients used in Prolotherapy contain an irritant solution, usually dextrose (sugar), which helps create a controlled inflammatory response encouraging repair of the damaged tissue. The end result is a reduction of pain and an increase in stability and mobility.
What to Expect:
It generally takes between 3-6 treatments to get the best results from prolotherapy. Within the first two treatments you should notice improvement in symptoms. Treatments are usually spaced 3-6 weeks apart. There are exceptions to these guidelines which are always explained during the course of treatment.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is the injection of your own concentrated platelets and other healing properties into damaged ligaments, tendons, or arthritic joints. Similar to prolotherapy, it is an injection therapy designed to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
What to Expect:
This procedure involves drawing blood from your arm and then placing the blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of the whole blood. The end result is concentrated platelets which then get injected into the site(s) of injury. Most patients require 2-3 treatments however the amount of injections will depend on your specific injury.