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What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy, a nonsurgical ligament reconstructive treatment for chronic pain, is effective in a variety of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries involving ligaments and tendons within joints. Prolotherapy was first used by Hippocrates on soldiers with dislocated, torn shoulder joints.

Why is recovery from damaged ligaments and tendons difficult?

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Ligaments are structures within joints that connect bones. Tendons connect muscles to bones. When injured, the healing of ligaments and tendons is often incomplete because of a limited blood supply. A rich network of nerve endings in damaged or loose ligaments and tendons produces pain.

How does prolotherapy work?

Prolotherapy involves the injection of a sugar water solution into the damaged ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. A localized inflammatory response occurs which increases the blood supply to this region. Through an improved delivery of nutrients, the tissue is stimulated to repair itself. Through prolotherapy, there is a new growth of ligament and tendon tissue in areas where these structures have become weak.

Prolotherapy offers an effective solution for treating animals with chronic pain and mobility problems from damaged ligaments and tendons. Dr. Anja Kordon, DVM, holistic veterinarian in Naples, Florida, has specialized training and experience in the proper administration of prolotherapy.

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