Prolotherapy Houston or Restorative Injection Therapy is a non-surgical orthopedic technique that is used to treat ligaments, tendons, joints, muscles, and other chronic painful musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. C Everett Koop who served as the Surgeon General of the United States is a strong advocate of Prolotherapy.
These treatments are performed with the goal of stimulating the body’s growth factors and promoting the body’s natural healing processes. Growth Factors are complex proteins that help repair the body’s tissues. Prolotherapy is also thought to encourage collagen repair which is a body protein structure necessary for the formation of new connective tissue. Connective tissues hold our skeletal structures together.
Current research trends in prolotherapy show that these types of treatments encourage healing and strengthening of damaged musculoskeletal tissues. Research has suggested that prolotherapy can be used to improve knee and finger osteoarthritis symptoms, as well as to provide benefit for people with chronic pain as well as treating sports injuries. It has also been used to successfully treat Knee pain secondary to Osgood-Schlatter Disease in the pediatric patient.
In some cases, these treatments can be used in an attempt to prevent more invasive & complex procedures. However, some musculoskeletal injuries & conditions may benefit from or require surgery.
Prolotherapy procedures can be performed using advanced Ultrasound Guidance for accurate needle placement. The Physicians at Houston Spine and Sports Medicine have many years of experience using prolotherapy for treating orthopedic conditions and are certified in Prolotherapy by the American Academy of Orthopedic Medicine.