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...
This ligament on the medial aspect of the knee, the medial collateral
ligament (MCL), is a commonly injured ligament. It is a broad thick
band about four to six inches long. It has deep and superficial layers.
This ligament is vulnerable to blows to the knee from the outside,
which often occur in contact sports. The exciting thing is that these
ligaments can heal well if the person treats them correctly after
the injury. What the athlete should not do is use the RICE
treatments and anti-inflammatory
medications, as these stop the healing process.
A better approach is the MEAT program, which involves movement, exercise,
natural analgesics, and specific treatments such as physiotherapy
or Prolotherapy. When they do not heal on their own, Prolotherapy
is used to strengthen them, thus relieving the pain. The MCL rarely
needs surgical repair, but often requires stimulation repair with
Injury to the MCL also occurs when an athlete falls awkwardly while
playing a contact sport or skiing. They feel a tearing pain on the
inner side of the knee. Usually the athlete can still walk but the
pain increases with passage of time. Often there is a swelling of
the knee due to the trauma. These symptoms gradually improve over
several weeks, and in many cases heal completely. In complete tears
(grade III) a brace if often prescribed with gradually-increasing
degrees of motion of the knee. This type of bracing is called functional
bracing. It is used for a very short time.
MRI scans are quite inaccurate at diagnosing cruciate ligament injury.
They are not as accurate as one would think in differentiating between
a complete tear and a partial tear. (Scott, W. Dr. Scott's Knee Book.
New York, NY: Fireside, 1996, p. 74.)
We have had plenty of occasions where the MRI’s showed extensive
knee damage and Prolotherapy completely relieved the pain. Obviously,
the more extensive injuries in and around the knee require more Prolotherapy
injections per visit, and often an increased number of visits.
Of course, surgery is repeatedly recommended for torn cruciate ligaments.
For anything except complete rupture (grade 3 injury) of the anterior
cruciate ligament, avoid surgery if possible. The fact that there
are so many ways to perform the surgery is an indication that there
is no one excellent method.
For the athlete who wants to speed the healing process, even for
a complete tear, Prolotherapy can be done on both ends of the MCL
to stimulate the body to repair the area.
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 visit www.caringmedical.com.
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