PROLOTHERAPY IS A NON-SURGICAL OPTION FOR SPORTS INJURY! With Prolotherapy, you can
keep training, get back in the game/event quickly, no down time, no long rehab required, alternative to the much-feared often career-ending surgeries...
Prolotherapy: A Great Alternative
Treatment for Iliotibial Band Syndrome
band is a thick band of tissue that extends from the
lateral thigh down over the knee. It functions to control the amount
of hip adduction and minimize the rotational forces experienced at
the hip and knee. Since female
runners demonstrate a greater hip adduction and internal rotation angle while running than male counterparts,
they are more likely to develop iliotibial band friction syndrome.
The symptoms include severe excruciating pain in the lateral knee which make running very difficult. Sometimes there is a grating sound where the ilitibial band rubs over the femur.
The mainstay treatment for Iliotibial band syndrome are anti-inflammatories, rest, and stretching of the iliotibial band. Typically this approach decreases symptoms and some athletes
even get back to running, but generally the conditions continues to recur, why is that? The answer is easy, the attachment of the iliotibial band to the tibia is weak. So it keeps giving out.
What athletes want are muscles, ligaments and tendons that are strong and the proper length. Clearly if a muscle is tight, especially compared to the 'non-injured' side, then it needs to be stretched. Having the athlete rest and then giving anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone shots to areas like the iliotibial band just make them weaker. They may give initial pain relief but in the end the athlete's tissue is weaker and the injury keeps recurring or never goes away. There is a better way.
Since the iliotibial band goes from the hip area across the knee area it traverses two joints. If either of these two joints is weakened or has ligament laxity the tibia and/or femur will move too much. This will put extra stress on the iliotibial band. So some athletes with iliotibial band syndrome need Prolotherapy into and around their knee and their hips. If the hip is fine then an athlete with iliotibial band syndrome will get Prolotherapy to the area on the tibia where the iliotibial band attaches. If their are other parts of the iliotibial band that are tender on the athlete besides the attachment then these areas are treated by Neural Therapy to increase circulation to the area. Typically 3-6 visits of Prolotherapy are needed. The treatments can be done weekly. Generally after two treatments the athlete starts working out again.
For the athlete with chronic
lateral knee pain, an evaluation by a Prolotherapist is warranted. We have treated many cases of iliotibial band syndrome in athletes (mostly runners) successfully with Prolotherapy. Even the Dietitian, Marion
Hauser, has suffered from this. She had Prolotherapy to the area a few times and was able to then continue her marathon
training. Not only did she finish the marathon but beat her predicted time by over 30 minutes!
Prolotherapy Injections to
Ross Hauser, MD is a Prolotherapy doctor
and Medical Director of Caring Medical and Rehabilitation
Services in Oak Park, Illinois. In this video, Dr. Hauser
performs a Prolotherapy treatment to a knee, demonstrating
the Prolotherapy injection technique practiced at Caring
Medical. Dr. Hauser treats patients from around the globe
with Hackett-Hemwall Prolotherapy and has found it is an
excellent alternative to knee surgery, NSAID treatment,
and cortisone injections. If you would like to see our
other videos on Prolotherapy, or would like to email us
to see if Prolotherapy can help your knee pain, please
Prolotherapy can be used in almost all painful knee conditions
and injuries, including: meniscal tear, knee tendinosis,
osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, tendon injury,
ligament injury, ACL injury, anterior cruciate ligament
tear, MCL, injury, medial collateral ligament tear, iliotibial
band injury, sports injuries, and knee joint instability.
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Prolotherapy may not be effective for every individual and there are risks involved,
these risks should be discussed with your physician. Results achieved
with some may not be typical of all. Please consult a physician.
is no known cure for arthritis. Prolotherapy and nutritional supplements
can help alleviate, reverse, or end arthritic pain by treating an underlying
cause that contributes to degenerative disease, ligament laxity. Strengthening
ligaments and other connective tissue can help prevent bone on bone arthritis