Prolotherapy is a treatment involving non-surgical repair of cartilage and connective tissue of damaged joints. If you have suffered an accident or injury, or experience knee pain from chronic wear and tear, you may be a candidate for prolotherapy.
Results from prolotherapy for knee pain include ligament repair and improved ligament strength (in the case of torn or stretched ligaments), cartilage repair, increased joint mobility, reduced swelling, reduced pain at rest, with walking, and with stair use.
You may be a candidate for prolotherapy if:
- Your pain is from a ligament or tendon injury. Prolotherapy stimulates an localized inflammatory response that initiates re-growth of these connective tissues.
- Your pain is from degenerative arthritis. Osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear on the joint, is characterized by degeneration of the cartilage, loss of joint space, and drying of synovial fluid. Some people may experience joint clicking, sharp pain, aching pain, swelling, or a “bone on bone” sensation.
- You have knee pain accompanied by clicking or locking. This can be due to degenerated cartilage, bone fragments (“joint mice”), or a meniscus injury. The medial meniscus is commonly injured with trauma to the medial collateral ligament.
- Your pain is worse after prolonged rest and after increased activity. An unstable knee becomes stiff after long periods of rest, and is often painful first thing in the morning and after sitting for longer periods of time (ex. in a movie). Excessive exercise strains the unstable components of the joint, and can cause weakness, aching, and swelling.
- Imaging may not show anything significant. MRI or x-ray is not necessary before considering prolotherapy, but many patients with chronic joint pain have had this imaging done and it has not showed any pathology. MRI or x-ray may not show any problem with the joint unless there is a significant pathology. Early osteoarthritis and ligament laxity will likely not show up on an MRI or x-ray, but may contribute significantly to your pain.
- You have been told that you are a candidate for joint replacement or ligament reconstruction surgery, or you have been told that you will be a candidate for joint replacement in the future if the condition continues to progress. Prolotherapy injections use dextrose and anaesthetic to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to repair joint structures. Generally 3-6 treatments are required for complete recovery; however, many people notice improvements earlier. Treatments are administered every 4-6 weeks. Prolotherapy is less invasive and has virtually no down-time compared to weeks or months with knee replacement surgery. Prolotherapy promotes organized production of functioning connective tissue and, unlike surgery, does not lead to scar tissue formation.
Book your prolotherapy consultation with Dr Wilson: 604-988-1411
Your prolotherapy consult will consist of history taking, orthopedic assessment, and prolotherapy treatment if it is indicated for you. If prolotherapy is not indicated for your condition, you will not be charged for this visit.