Alternative Therapies

Alternative Therapies

Prolotherapy to strengthen ligaments and tendons

Prolotherapy is used as one of the last resorts for strengthening damaged ligaments and tendons that are painful and continually lax. It is not for everyone and is a therapy option that is best determined by a physician with extensive knowledge of orthopedics.

Prolotherapy involves the injection of a solution made of dextrose and sodium morrulate or a mixture of dextrose, glycerin and phenol. The solution causes local irritation, which in turn causes fibroblasts (specialized blood cells) that lay down more collagen to strengthen tissues.

This procedure can be used for a Grade 2 sprain, which presents with moderate laxity and may take a long time to heal (causing weakness and elongation, thereby disrupting normal biomechanics of movement). Prolotherapy is not indicated for a complete tear because these generally require surgery.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture, used for more than 3,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is an option available when Western medicine is not relieving your pain or when your symptoms don’t fit into the protocols of Western medicine. After thoughtful evaluation, we may find that acupuncture will be beneficial alone or combined with other therapies.

Acupuncture, involving the barely perceptible insertion of thin needles into energy channels running throughout the body, works best when used early in a disease process. About two-thirds of the population responds to acupuncture and only half this number responds very well. The success rate increases with the discriminate selection of a patient suited to acupuncture.

Once inserted, these needles are connected to a very slight electrical current which enables you to feel a small surge of energy called Qi.

If you are interested in pursuing complementary medicine therapies, please feel comfortable in discussing these with your physician at Precision Pain Care