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What is Prolotherapy?

Proliferative therapy, or prolotherapy, is a procedure that boosts the body’s healing process to heal injured joints or tissue. Prolotherapy involves injecting a specific formula into the body at the site of an injury to speed the healing process. Stem cell prolotherapy specifically consists of using one’s own cells from bone marrow, blood or fat, modifying the cells through a process and injecting them into an area of pain or injury. Several forms of prolotherapy exist and are used to repair injured tissues.

Stem cell prolotherapy involves multiplying fibroblasts, or a type of cell used for wound healing, which can be found in connective tissues. The procedure also proliferates chondrocytes as well, which are cells that exist in cartilage. Physicians performing stem cell prolotherapy use stem cells produced by the body, which are called adult stem cells or mesenchymal stem cells. When the physicians injects the MSCs at the area of injury, the cells repair the structure and restore the function of the injured body part, like a tendon. They harvest MSCs from bone marrow or fat using a local anesthetic and a needle at the hip. The physician then transfers the stem cells to the wound by injection. The prolotherapy procedure lasts about 10 minutes and results in mild soreness. Stem cell prolotherapy can be used for a number of conditions, including lower back pain, joint pain, hip pain and knee pain.

Dextrose prolotherapy began as the first prolotherapy procedure in the early 20th century with physicians using sugar, saltwater or other substances to inject into the body. The mixture irritated the spot of pain or injury, summoning growth factors to the site of injection and sparking the healing process. Platelet-rich plasma therapy stimulates growth factors for injuries as well, yet physicians performing the procedure take a patient’s blood, separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood by spinning the substance in a centrifuge and inject the platelet-rich plasma into the patient’s body. The platelet-rich plasma contains proteins that spur healing with amplified power as opposed to the normalcy of unmodified growth factor healing.

Treatment Benefits

Prolotherapy benefits patients with injuries or pain in several ways, including increasing joint mobility, reducing pain and stimulating growth of new cells to rebuild damage. Prolotherapy relieves pain all over the body, from discomfort caused by TMJ to pain caused by trauma from an accident. There are very few risks involved in stem cell prolotherapy. Physicians regard prolotherapy as a significantly lower-risked procedure than surgery, which involves invasion and anesthesia. Surgery may also worsen one’s condition rather than aiding it, leaving patients with lifelong problems. One of the most important elements of the stem cell therapy process is the physician’s experience and the quality of care. One must ensure the physician administering the stem cells is knowledgable; Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez and the staff at the Stem Cell Institute are well trained in stem cell prolotherapy, as well as PRP, and are ready to serve the communities of Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen and Carrollton.

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