Prolotherapy for Osteoarthritis

Ross.Hauser.MD

Ross Hauser, MD

Osteoarthritis is considered incurable by many in the medical profession. Therefore there is much speculation, research, and recommendations towards what is the best course of treatment for the patient.

Should a patient be immobilized, told to rest, in situations of osteoarthrits? In my opinion, immobility and rest are detrimental to healing osteoarthritic joints and I strongly encourage movement to provide blood flow to the injured area. Every day we tell our patients to move their joints and exercise to boost their healing potential.

Osteoarthritis is more than a disease of aging as we see an increasing number of young adults and children with this debilitating disease. We believe this condition generally begins as a result of ligament weakness caused by an injury. The weak ligaments have difficulty stabilizing the joints, causing uneven joint stress and joint instability. The instability will lead to a breakdown of articular cartilage, tension in the muscles, and more pain.

As the condition worsens, the bone around the affected joint thickens, the joint capsule may become inflamed, joint cartilage decreases, and mobility is decreased further. This painful disease progression can be stopped by Prolotherapy which stimulates cartilage repair and regeneration. Relying on prescription and over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in an effort to reduce pain and swelling may be a quick relief for arthritis sufferers, it is also the quickest way to lose ligament strength. Besides the gastrointestinal problems NSAIDS can cause, they have also been found to increase the risk for cardiac issues.

Cortisone and other steroids weaken the ligaments and inhibit healing, and even though immediate pain relief is possible with steroids, they inhibit nearly every aspect of healing, making the painful condition even worse!

Prolotherapy, on the other hand, offers curative results in treating osteoarthritis. The treatments effectively eliminate pain because they attack the source: the fibro-osseous junction where the ligaments attach to the bony structures. What’s more, the tissue strengthening and pain relief stimulated by Prolotherapy is permanent! Prolotherapy injections for osteoarthritis are safe and effective.

Prolotherapy works by stimulating the tendons, ligaments, and cartilage to repair by inducing a mild inflammatory reaction in those areas. The inflammation causes the blood supply to dramatically increase in the ligament, alerting the body that healing needs to take place. This coincides with our recommendation for patients to exercise and move their joints, so they can continue to promote blood supply and healing to the affected area.

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