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Effects of Prolotherapy on Chronic Musculoskeletal Disease *

Background: Musculoskeletal injury is a major cause of chronic pain due to a weakness of the tendons and ligaments. Currently, prolotherapy is used for treating chronic pain by strengthening the tendons and ligaments. This study was designed to evaluate the effects of prolotherapy on chronic musculoskeletal diseases.

Methods: Twenty chronic musculoskeletal disease patients were injected with a 12.5% dextrose solution as a proliferent and the side effects were checked. The VAS (visual analogue scales) were measured before the injection and 2 months after the injection.

Results: This study showed that a post-prolotherapy VAS was significantly reduced compared to the pre-prolotherapy VAS in 80% of subjects, and the average ratio of the post-prolotherapy VAS to the pre-prolotherapy VAS was 0.36. There were several side effects such as pain after the injection, dizziness during injection, new pain development, and a hematoma.

Conclusions: Prolotherapy is another good method for treating chronic musculosketal diseases that respond poorly to conventional treatments like a trigger point injection, a nerve block, medication, etc.

* Legal Disclaimer: Chelation and Hyperbaric Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, and other treatments and modalities mentioned or referred to in this web site are medical techniques that may or may not be considered “mainstream”. As with any medical treatment, results will vary among individuals, and there is no implication or guarantee that you will heal or achieve the same outcome as patients herein.

As with any procedure, there could be pain or other substantial risks involved. These concerns should be discussed with your health care provider prior to any treatment so that you have proper informed consent and understand that there are no guarantees to healing.

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Published on 12-03-2007