Prolotherapy is a form of regenerative joint injection therapy. The goal of the injection is to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability to strengthen and repair joints and connective tissue. Not only is this good for chronic issues such as pain and instability, but also for acute injuries.
The injection is a mixture of a sugar (typically dextrose) and an anesthetic (procaine or lidocaine). The solution irritates the tissue and causes a local inflammatory response. This stimulates healing and the growth of new connective tissue. Over a series of injections, the strength of damaged connective tissue is increased.