How Can Prolotherapy Reduce Stiffness In the Knee?
People on the Olympic Peninsula struggling with knee stiffness can benefit from prolotherapy. Dr. Alisha Detorres at Coastal Health uses this natural procedure to treat patients near Port Angeles, Forks, Port Townsend, and Joyce, WA with chronic musculoskeletal conditions and joint pain.
But what is prolotherapy, and how does it reduce stiffness in the knee? Let’s take a brief look at how prolotherapy can help you without the use of surgery or pain medications.
What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a natural treatment where a dextrose, a sugar solution, is injected into the knee joint. The injection stimulates the tissue and assists the body to restore itself. The dextrose solution is nutritive to the tissue and mildly irritating which stimultates the bodies natural healing response. New tissues will grow in the region, helping to resolve tendon and joint pain and stiffness.
How long does prolotherapy take?
The average prolotherapy treatment for knee stiffness will take about 45 minutes to complete. Dr. Detorres will clean off the injection site and apply lidocaine cream to keep you from feeling pain or discomfort. The doctor then injects the solution into the area. The amount necessary will be minimal, but it must be applied to the correct spot to ensure your safety and to see that it works as planned.
You will need to rest for about 15 – 20 minutes after the injection so your body will have time to adapt. We will also monitor the injection site to ensure there are no problems with the joint area. You should be able to get back to your regular activities the next day. You may continue to notice stiffness in the area, although it will become less noticeable or irritating about a week after the procedure.
How many injections are necessary?
The number of injections you will need in the prolotherapy process will vary surrounding your situation. You may require two or three injections spaced a few weeks apart from each other to resolve your stiffness concern. You should start to notice a significant reduction in symptoms after just a few treatments, including less pain and inflammation as well as an increase in the range of motion to the treated area.
What other areas can be treated with prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is useful for managing knee stiffness, but there are many other applications where it can be applied. You can also consider prolotherapy for arthritis in various joints, fibromyalgia, sprains, or degenerative disc concerns.
Contact us today to see how we can help you
If you are suffering from joint pain, knee stiffness, or any other chronic musculoskeletal conditions, schedule a consultation with Coastal Health in Port Angeles, WA to find out if prolotherapy is right for you. We are available to serve patients near Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Joyce, and Forks, WA. Contact us today, and learn how Dr. Alisha Detorres and the rest of the team at Coastal Health can serve your regenerative medicine needs.