I am frequently asked in person and via email “What about Prolotherapy in children?” Plain and simple, Prolotherapy works great in children. Children heal great. They are much like animals. Yes I know they sometimes act like animals but what I am referring to is they heal like animals. I have taught two veterinarians to do Prolotherapy. Most of the animals they treat are better in just one treatment, whereas humans take three to six visits. Why is this so? The vets believe it is the outstanding nutrition that the animals have. Animals eat animal food. Dogs eat dog food, they do not eat hot fudge brownie treats. Most of what humans eat is not food. It is processed chemicals. The poor nutrition in humans most likely accounts for the majority of the delays in healing even with Prolotherapy.
Marion and I wrote a whole chapter on treating children with Prolotherapy in the book Prolo Your Sports Injuries Away! This is because most of the children we see come for treatment because their pain and injury is keeping them from doing some athletic event they desire to do.
Some of the more common child/adolescent conditions that are successfully treated with Prolotherapy include:
Tendon/Ligament Sports Injuries Recurrent Joint Dislocations Osgood-Schlatters Disease Little league Elbow
What is the protocol. Every patient is an individual but in general for children/adolescents desiring to return to a sport we do Prolotherapy every one to three weeks. If they had a recent joint dislocation we would do the treatment once a week and limit activity while they were doing Prolotherapy. Most children/adolescents need three sessions of Prolotherapy.
Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It doesn’t matter whether a person is four years old or ninety-nine. So make sure the kids eat healthy and if they have an injury that isn’t healing you know where to turn….Prolotherapy.