Prolotherapy, also known as “proliferation therapy”, is a safe, effective injection treatment used to repair injured tissue in the body. This involves injecting a substance into injured tissue, which stimulates the body’s natural healing process and allows musculoskeletal tissue to repair.
There are several different substances that can be used for prolotherapy, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP), dextrose, glucose and anaesthetics. At the Kilmore and Wallan Podiatry Clinic we use a combination of glucose and local anaesthetic.
Once the anaesthetic and glucose solution is injected into tissue, the healing cascade begins, which causes inflammatory cells to infiltrate the damaged tissue. There is a series of events that lead to new collagen being laid down. Once this new collagen matures, the tissue is much stronger and pain is generally reduced.
Treatments are generally required every 2 weeks for 6-8 weeks for optimum results.
Prolotherapy can be used to help treat:
- Ligament strains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs