What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is the injection of an irritant into damaged tissues to regenerate ligaments, tendons and cartilage. The irritant, in this case glucose, leads to a cascade of events at the injection sites that can strengthen ligaments and repair damaged tissues.
What Conditions Can Prolotherapy treat?
Prolotherapy is appropriate for a variety of conditions, and at Langmore Podiatry we have used prolotherapy to successfully treat heel pain and ankle instability. Prolotherapy is also useful for arthritic pain of both the ankle and knee.
What's involved in a session?
Prolotherapy involves the injection of a solution consisting of glucose, an anaesthetic and sterile water into the affected area. Generally a treatment plan includes a series of 3 to 5 injections administered 2 to 3 weeks apart.
The First Session
As we are trying to promote inflammation, you may experience an initial increase in pain levels for a day or two. After this initial period, your pain levels will reduce. If your response to the first injection is significant, we will reduce the percent of glucose solution used. This limits the amount of inflammation, but continues to have a positive effect.
Prolotherapy is not appropriate for everyone. At Langmore Podiatry, we have a number of therapies available, and you and your podiatrist will work together to determine the most appropriate treatment.