Pain relievers aren't the only choices if you have joint or muscle pain. Prolotherapy, a treatment offered by our Preventive Medicine physician Dr. Camille Dillard, of Natural Health Center in Rome, NY, provides pain relief, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and is essential for joint repair.
How Prolotherapy Works
Prolotherapy, also called regenerative injection therapy, triggers your body's natural healing response. During your treatment at the Rome, NY, office, your doctor injects a solution that contains saline or sugar into your muscle, joint, tendon, ligament or soft tissues. The solution irritates the tissues, prompting your body to release immune cells and chemicals needed for repair of injuries, while although strengthening your connective tissue.
Your immune system also sends white blood cells to the area to assist in healing. Although increased blood flow initially causes inflammation, this is only a temporary effect. In fact, prolotherapy may actually decrease inflammation in the long-run.
Prolotherapy can be a good option if you have:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Hip, knee or ankle pain
- Joint Instability
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet syndrome
- Elbow, wrist or hand pain
- Tennis elbow
- A sports injury
What You Can Expect
You'll receive a series of injections spaced four or more weeks apart. Four to six prolotherapy sessions are recommended for best results, although you'll probably start to notice an improvement in your pain after several sessions.
Soreness is common for a few days after prolotherapy injections. You may also experience swelling, muscle spasms or an aching sensation. These symptoms are all signs that your body is hard at work repairing your injured joints or tissues.
Although you can take acetaminophen to ease your symptoms, don't take anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. Because these medications reduce inflammation, they can make prolotherapy treatment less effective.
Do you struggle with muscle or joint pain? Scheduling a prolotherapy appointment at the Rome, NY office of Natural Health Center can ease your pain. The anti-inflammatory, pain relief and joint repair benefits make prolotherapy an excellent choice for many patients. Call (888) 338-9355 to schedule an appointment with our Preventive Medicine physician Dr. Camille Dillard.