Prolotherapy, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that involves injecting a solution into a joint and/or at the ends of a ligament to encourage healing and strengthening of injured joints or connective tissue.
When connective tissue is stretched or torn, the joint it’s connected to becomes destabilized and often painful. Prolotherapy injections directly address the cause of the instability by triggering ligaments and connective tissue to heal and therefore stabilize the joint. Prolotherapy provides a more permanent solution to pain than anti-inflammatory treatments
Many different solutions are used in treatment, but the most common is dextrose. Ultrasound guidance can be used when indicated but isn’t always necessary depending on the location of the injection.