When a certain part of your musculoskeletal system gets injured or damaged, it is very likely that your doctor will suggest surgery to correct it and to facilitate healing. However, the problem with surgery is that it is invasive and it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it will bring you back to 100% once you have undergone the procedure. Depending on which part of your body requires surgery and/or the severity of your injury, this procedure can also be expensive. If you don’t have health insurance, it might put a huge dent on your personal savings.
Fortunately, there are great alternatives to undergoing surgery for musculoskeletal disorders. There are “regenerative healing options” that stimulate you own body’s natural healing capability to treat pain in the joints, tears in the tendons and ligaments, and other related conditions.
Also known as regenerative injection, sclerotherapy, ligament reconstruction therapy, and fibro-osseous injection therapy, prolotherapy is a recognized orthopedic procedure designed to help the body recover from certain types of injuries. It utilizes the body’s natural healing processes to repair and then strengthen joints whose ligaments or tendons are stretched, torn or fragmented.
In this procedure, a mild irritant solution is directly injected into the affected area. This solution is primarily composed of glucose, anesthetic agents, and natural substances that promote healing. When injected, the solution creates a mild, controlled injury that promotes the growth of new tissue on the torn or stretched ligament. In some cases, additional treatments are done to ensure a gradual build-up of tissue in the injured area and to restore its original strength.
A downside of prolotherapy is that it might not be able to effectively treat all types of severe injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. This brings us to the next option.