Your body is held together by a network of connective tissues that are highly vulnerable to injury through exercise, accidents, and even the normal wear and tear of daily life. The lack of blood flow to many joints may be why once an ankle is badly sprained, it may sprain again and again. Shoulders, wrists, neck, back, jaw, feet, and even fingers and toes, are subject to arthritic changes after an injury. Some reported chronic joint pain immediately following an injury, while others stated it took many years before they developed painful arthritis in a damaged joint. If you already suffer with severe joint pain, then your world probably involves either OTC pain reliever, anti-inflammatories, steroids, or narcotic pain killers all of which can result in adverse reactions, addiction, and if used inappropriately, death. The surgical approach to joint pain might include ongoing steroid injections, complicated surgical repair, or removal and replacement of the joint. Surgery comes with significant risks and is not a guaranteed solution. Some sufferers may find relief with osteopathic manipulation, massage therapy, physical therapy, and/or acupuncture.
While these therapies can be successful, many individuals are still left with chronic pain, and surgeries and medication are not the answer. The treatments below have provided pain relief and have increased mobility to many patients, even fully restoring mobility and complete elimination of pain.
Prolotherapy is a simple, natural technique that stimulates your body to repair painful areas when the natural healing process needs a little assistance. This treatment is an injection into the problem areas which promotes growth to stabilize and strengthen weakened joints, labrum, fascia, cartilage, meniscus, ligaments and tendons. The injected solution intentionally causes controlled irritation in the injected tissue. This irritation is an inflammatory response, which increases the blood supply and stimulates the tissue to heal and regrow. The localized inflammation triggers a wound healing cascade, resulting in the formation of new collagen, the material that ligaments and tendons are made of. Unlike many drugs and surgery, Prolotherapy has very minimal side effects when performed by an experienced practitioner. Prolotherapy has the potential of being 100 percent effective at eliminating chronic pain due to ligament and tendon weakness, but success may be limited due to any underlying conditions of the patient that would interfere with healing. Prolotherapy can also eliminate the discomfort connected with arthritis by tightening the connective tissues that support an arthritic joint.
Prolozone uses ozone in an injection technique similar to Prolotherapy. The use of ozone causes the joint to heal because ozone is a highly reactive molecule and when injected into a joint capsule it is able to stimulate the fibroblast in the joint. Prolozone causes repair and tightening of the lax structures, partially torn connective tissue and ligaments, allowing for better circulation, increased blood flow carrying nutrition, and hydration of the damaged tissues. Prolozone creates a healing environment within the joint to increased range of motion and decreased pain. Patients receiving Prolozone feel immediate improvement, with very little to any pain at all during the treatments.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is blood plasma with concentrated platelets and other growth factors. To harvest PRP, a small amount of blood is withdrawn from the patient, then placed in a centrifuge, which spins and separates the platelets from the rest of the blood components. The process takes about 15 minutes and results in the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 600% which promotes temporary relief and stops inflammation. The concentrated PRP are then re-injected into the patient’s affected areas. These platelets release special growth factors that lead to tissue healing. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bio-active proteins, including growth factors and signaling proteins that are vital to start and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bio-active proteins initiate connective tissue healing and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process. The PRP signals your body to send in stem cells to repair the injured area.
Many joint injuries are not able to completely heal due to lack of circulation. Damaged areas of the body require nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and oxygen to facilitate proper wound healing and without a blood supply, many of these injuries heal improperly. Your body has the amazing ability to heal itself, and once you heal the injury, you heal the pain. Few may not be candidates for the above treatments. Speaking with a trained practitioner can answer your questions if you’re serious about recovering.
Paul Stallone, N.M.D.