Prolotherapy and PRP are great tools for joint pain of varying types. Frequently utilized post injury and arthritis. Whether prolotherapy or PRP is the right choice depends on the condition. Typically if a condition is more severe PRP is what is suggested. Typically it is a series of 3 injections spaced out 6-8 weeks from the procedure, all depending on what we are treating
What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is utilizing inflammation to do the work for you, by utilizing dextrose you are “agitating” the area that is injured creating inflammation. Now this may sound like a bad idea since you have an injury that already hurts why would you want to make it more inflamed? Inflammation is the body’s natural way to heal itself, by creating inflammation the body sends white blood cells, platelets, and growth factors to try to correct any damage that has occurred; however the body doesn’t always do it right. By injecting into the areas of concern we are forcing healing at those specific areas, this can lead to some discomfort for a few days but that is expected and the desired effect!
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma, this means your blood is drawn and spun down to separate white from red blood cells. The white blood cell portion contains not only those cells but also platelets and growth factors to help stimulate tissue healing. This PRP is then re-injected directly into the area that is damaged, by doing so we are facilitating healing by putting all those necessary healing factors directly where they need to be. This process can be uncomfortable due to the nature of injections however the healing process continues for up to 8 weeks! Typically PRP is suggested when the injury or condition is more advanced.
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Dr. Samantha Randahl
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