Prolotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis
Have you been suffering from knee osteoarthritis and are dreading the thought of having surgery? Before you consider surgery or cortisone injections check out the reason below why prolotherapy for knee osteoarthritis is beneficial.
Developing osteoarthritis of the knee is a common thing to occur as we age, but the speed at which we developed osteoarthritis depends on our exercise and athletics habits. As the osteoarthritis develops we start having knee pain upon waking, walking around or even exercising. This knee pain ultimately leads us to seeing the doctor. Majority of the time the doctor will take an x-ray of your knee say you have osteoarthritis and give you a cortisone injection, but there is one thing they don’t mention. The more cortisone injections you have the faster the osteoarthritis may developed due to weakening of the ligaments and surrounding supporting structors.
Compared to cortisone injection, prolotherapy works to actually strengthen ligaments and surrounding structures of the knee. Prolotherapy injections have been around since the 1950’s, but over the recent decade it has become one of the fastest growing treatments for knee osteoarthritis or osteoarthritis of any joint to be exact. So your probably wondering how prolotherapy works? Prolotherapy works by strength injured or weekend ligaments through the use of the solution that is injected. The prolotherapy solution contains dextrose (aka sugar) anesthetic and b12. Each one of these solutions provides a key benefit to helping your knee heal naturally.
Listed below are several research articles recently published regarding the benefits of prolotherapy for knee osteoarthritis.
- Chondrogenic Effect of Intra-articular Hypertonic-Dextrose (Prolotherapy) in Severe Knee Osteoarthritis
- They found that prolotherapy conferred a positive and significant beneficial effect in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
- Hypertonic dextrose injection (prolotherapy) for knee osteoarthritis: Long term outcomes.
- Prolotherapy resulted in safe, significant, progressive improvement of knee pain, function and stiffness scores among most participants through a mean follow-up of 2.5 years and may be an appropriate therapy for patients with knee OA refractory to other conservative care.
- Therapeutic effects of prolotherapy with intra-articular dextrose injection in patients with moderate knee osteoarthritis: a single-arm study with 6 months follow up.
- Prolotherapy with three intra-articular injections of hypertonic dextrose given 4 weeks apart for selected patients with knee OA, resulted in significant improvement of validated pain, ROM, and WOMAC-based function scores, when baseline levels were compared at 24 weeks.
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