Did you know that at least 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain? In fact, A new study from Gallup-Healthways shows that 31% of U.S. adults have some sort of neck or back condition that causes them pain. Another 26% have some sort of leg or knee condition, and 18% have another condition that causes chronic pain. Treating pain and providing therapy for pain are major components in today’s healthcare system.
One kind of pain therapy that dates back to the time of Ceasar and the Roman Empire is prolotherapy, a treatment of injections designed to strengthen ligaments and tendons. Weak tendons and ligaments will cause pain, so strengthening these body parts will help healing occur faster.
While many doctors and therapists suggest taking anti-inflammatory medicines and icing after an injury, prolotherapy experts say that these treatments may actually slow the healing process. Swelling and heat are actually two of the body’s normal defenses for fighting pain. Prolotherapists recommend allowing this heat to help the body’s normal healing process. Prolotherapy is used mainly for soft tissue injuries, such as tendons, ligaments, muscles. It has even been used for cartilage damage.
Orthopedic injuries and disorders can be painful and lingering. They are often the result of aging, of repetitive use, or of athletic injury. Seeking non-invasive PRP therapy or prolotherapy injections may help these injuries heal faster and provide a quicker relief from pain.
Did you know that:
- In 2006, approximately 7.5 million people visited a doctor’s office for a shoulder problem, including shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains.
- 60% of the causes of shoulder pain are linked with supraspinatus tendonitis.
- Nearly 1 in 2 people may develop symptomatic knee OA by age 85 years.
- As many as 30% of repetitive task hand workers suffer from tennis elbow (TE).
- If patients let healing take its natural course, tennis elbow (TE) can last anywhere from 6 to 48 months.
Back pain and injury are other conditions that respond well to prolotherapy and other regenerative medicine technique practices. If your persistent back pain does not seem to be getting any better after rest and following standard recommendations from your doctor, it might be time to try another type of treatment. If you want to live an active and pain free life, prolotherapy may help you achieve your goals. Professional athletes around the world find a faster road to recovery when they work with trainers and therapists who are willing to try the most recent healing treatments. Why shouldn’t you also see if a prolotherapy solution is right for you and your chronic pain or injuries?