New Prolotherapy Treatment Heals Pain Management Doctor, Marc Darrow, MD, JD

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For those suffering with chronic joint pain and need a new way to treat the condition, Prolotherapy encourages the body’s natural immune response to provide healing for weakened tendons and ligaments.

Marc Darrow, MD, JD, Pain Management Expert Los Angeles

Prolotherapy capitalizes on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Prolotherapy is a term new to most doctors, used to describe a technique to strengthen ligaments and tendons that have been weakened through trauma or overuse, and to stimulate callagen and cartilage growth. Rather than acting as a mechanism for temporary pain relief or an invasive surgery that may not be effective and require an extended recovery period, this procedure involves an injection straight into the affected area.
Dr. Marc Darrow, MD, JD, received Prolotheray into his wrist, neck, back, shoulder, and elbows to stimulate healing after a long history of athletic injuries. After the quick recovery of his injured wrist, Dr. Darrow began using Prolotherapy proliferants such as dextrose, phenol, glycerine, sodium morrhuate, and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) on his patients.
Joint pain often stems from the weakening of these structures. Tendons attach muscle to bone and allow joint movement, while ligaments attach bones to one another and strengthen the joints. When these structures weaken, stress is placed on the fibro-osseus junction, where the ligaments and tendons attach to the bone. This breakdown produces pain in the area and can induce arthritis in the joint. The ligaments, tendons, fascia (connective tissue surrounding muscle) and finally the muscles themselves can also produce pain. In addition there can be pain from arthritis in the joint which can lead to bone-on-bone arthritis. This can also be treated with Prolotherapy, and cartilage can be regrown to reduce or eliminate the pain.

According to Marc Darrow, MD, JD, pain management expert LA, UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor Of Medicine, Prolotherapy treats the pain by fixing the problem. The blood flow to these areas is minimal, which is why the immune system doesn’t repair the damage itself. A mild irritant (a proliferant) is injected straight into the problem area. This results in an inflammatory response, and the body automatically increases the blood flow and works to build new ligament and tendon tissue. This new tissue is strong and thick, which allows it to function as normal and reduces the stress on all parts of the joint.

Prolotherapy capitalizes on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The process may take several injections to see improvement, but the rebuilding of the structures begins immediately. As the new, stronger tissue is formed, pain will begin to diminish and sufferers will no longer be required to take strong medications or view surgery as an option. As shown by the improvements in the physical condition of athletes such as Tiger Woods and others, as well as the increased popularity of choosing such treatment, prolotherapy is a completely valid option for those who are weary of pain treatments.

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