Many of the subscribers to our newsletter know that we specialize in using Prolotherapy for the treatment of chronic pain stemming from ligament or tendon injuries. It is amazingly effective for these problems. But what about acute injuries, like an ankle sprain? Generally, we do not begin Prolotherapy treatments until it is clear that an injury is not healing within the expected time span. An exception might be acute re-injury to an area that has been previously weak and successfully treated with Prolotherapy like an acute low back sprain or a knee that gets over used. But with a first time ankle sprain, what should you do?
First AVOID ice, anti-inflammatory drugs, and immobilizartion! Read more about RICE vs. MEAT to learn why injured joints generally need movement to heal.
There are several other things that can help such acute injuries. Trauma Enzymes, Enzyme Max, Bromelain, and Prolo Support Pack plus manganese can effectively reduce pain and swelling without blocking the body's healing inflammatory cascade. I also recommend using high quality magnets on such injuries. In my opinion acupuncture is usually palliative only and not that useful. That is why many people just contact us for a Prolotherapy evaluation right away. The sooner Prolotherapy is done after an injury, the fewer treatments are generally needed and the faster the person is back to full activity.
Have an acute injury? Wonder if Prolotherapy is a good first-line therapy for you? Contact Us!