Houston Prolotherapy or Regenerative Injection Therapy is a non-surgical treatment that heals ligaments, tendons, tissue tears, and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The injections (sometimes done with ultrasound guidance) promote collagen repair which is a natural body protein necessary for the formation of new connective tissue – the tissue that holds our skeletal structure together.
By strengthening weakened connective tissue we can often alleviate musculoskeletal pain, and improve function and mobility. Studies have shown the regenerative injections provide benefit for people with chronic pain, as well as those with sports injuries. These injections are often used as an alternative to invasive arthroscopic surgery.
The treatment itself usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes and consists of multiple injections around the injured area. Some patients can respond well to just one treatment, while other patients may need several to achieve the desired results. Collagen growth required to stabilize the joint and other factors such as age, area of injury, and extent of injury differs from patient to patient. In some cases surgery is necessary.
Patients should be off anti-inflammatory medicines (NASAIDs) for 1 week or more before treatment. All individuals respond to the treatment differently, but usually are sore for a day or more. After the initial inflammation, and as the body heals, the pain from the treatment improves.
It’s no wonder athletes are turning to Prolotherapy – it is minimally invasive treatment that stimulates the natural healing, improves strength and restores tissue. Houston Spine & Sports Medicine is conveniently located in The Woodlands and is easily accessible from the communities of Spring, Tomball, Magnolia, Conroe, and Houston.
What Prolotherapy can help?
- Neck and back pain
- Shoulder, arm and wrist pain
- Carpal tunnel and tennis elbow
- Hip and low back pain
- Knee pain and osteoarthritis
- Heel spurs, arthritis, joint pain
- Sports injuries
- Ligament sprains