What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a procedure which has evolved from sclerotherapy, a method we incorporate into our practice at Vein Care Medical Center. The origins of prolotherapy have been traced all the way back to ancient Greece (400 B.C or so). Legend has it that Hippocrates, considered by many to be the father of modern medicine, used an early precursor to prolotherapy as a method to treat injured soldiers, many of them javelin throwers suffering from dislocated or torn joints in the shoulder. Of course ancient Greek methods were quite a bit more arcane than the technologically-advanced treatments offered at Vein Care Medical Center.
Prolotherapy vs. Sclerotherapy
Today, as medicine and nonsurgical vein therapy methods have advanced, the term sclerotherapy (or sclerosant therapy) is now reserved only for the cosmetic injection technique, which Vein Care Medical Center utilizes to eliminate varicose and spider veins.
Prolotherapy is also considered nonsurgical. Prolotherapy is also known as LRT (or, ligament reconstruction therapy) or RIT (regenerative injection therapy) and the procedure helps to stimulate the formation of brand new ligament tissue in weaker areas and has been proven in multiple studies to be beneficial for the healing process of connective tissue as well as injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Prolotherapy has proven especially effective to injuries that do not respond well to traditional therapy.
Prolotherapy has many similarities to sclerotherapy. Both stimulate healing. Short for “proliferation therapy,” Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured musculoskeletal tissue. Like sclerotherapy, Prolotherapy works by getting the body to use its own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured and painful joint areas.
To learn more about prolotherapy and sclerotherapy Contact Vein Care Medical Center today. We can help you with advanced vein therapy treatments without having to resort to painful surgeries.