Prolotherapy, short for "proliferative therapy," is a complementary or alternative medical treatment that aims to stimulate the body's natural healing processes and strengthen damaged or weakened ligaments and tendons. It is also known as regenerative injection therapy.
Prolotherapy involves the injection of a solution, typically a mixture of dextrose (a form of sugar), saline (saltwater), and a local anesthetic, into areas of the body where ligaments and tendons are injured or weakened. The injection is intended to create a controlled and localized inflammation at the site, which in turn is believed to trigger the body's natural healing responses.
Here's how prolotherapy is thought to work:
Prolotherapy is often used to treat chronic musculoskeletal conditions and pain, including: