Prolotherapy is a proven nonsurgical procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis, that is available in Puerto Vallarta at the newly opened Vallarta Medical Centre.
Prolotherapy (aka Regenerative Injection Therapy – RIT), also known as ligament reconstructive therapy or sclerotherapy, is a recognized nonsurgical procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis. Joints weakened when ligaments and tendons are stretched, torn, or fragmented, become hypermobile and painful. Traditional approaches with anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery often fail to stabilize the joint and relieve pain permanently.
The Hackett-Hemwall technique involves using a safe and simple base solution containing dextrose as the primary proliferant, along with an anesthetic (procaine or lidocaine), that is given into and around the entire painful/injured area (many injections vs only a few injections.)
Prolotherapy is a natural non-drug, non-surgical treatment has the unique ability to directly address the cause of your pain by repairing the weakened joints, resulting in strengthening and stabilization of the joint. When the prolotherapy solution is precisely injected into the site of pain or injury, prolotherapy creates a mild, controlled inflammation which stimulates the body to lay down new tendon or ligament fibers, resulting in a strengthening of the weakened structure. When the joint becomes strong, pain can be relieved.
Joints are where two bones come together to provide movement. Joints are held together and stabilized by ligaments and tendons. Ligaments are composed of semi-elastic tissue which connect one bone to another bone in a joint. Tendons are the located at the end of a muscle and connect the muscle to the joint. When the muscle contracts, the joint moves. Cartilage is found between the joints and provide a protective surface and cushion to the bone and the joint. It is the goal of prolotherapy to rebuild and strengthen the joint by treating the ligaments, tendons and cartilage.
Many body parts can be treated at the same visit, which is nice for patients who have multiple painful joints or more complex chronic pain, such as from a trauma, as well as for patients who travel to us from out of the region or country. Sometimes additional proliferants may be added to the base solution, to make the solution stronger, depending on the individual case. Most treatments are given every four to six weeks to allow time for growth of the new connective tissues.
We are often asked how many treatments are needed. This is dependent upon the person’s overall health status, the extent of the condition, injury, tear, or arthritis. In our clinical experience, as well as in our research, we find the number of treatments that helps a person attain their goal averages 3 to 6 visits.
Prolotherapy can provide the relief that is not found with other forms of pain management such as acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy and pharmaceutical (drugs). Prolotherapy should always be considered with chronic pain conditions that involves tendons, cartilage, and ligaments. Prolotherapy should always be considered when surgery is recommended. Prolotherapy is also an effective treatment for sports injuries and should be considered as a treatment for Sports Medicine.
Here in the Puerto Vallarta area, Dr. Edgar Plantillas Delgadillo, Orthopedic Surgeon at the Vallarta Medical Center offers these treatments for clients looking to reduce chronic pain.