Prolotherapy is an injection therapy that uses specific ingredients, such as dextrose, to create a localized inflammatory response at the site of injury. This results in a healing response that often does not occur in certain musculoskeletal tissues in adulthood.
In a case report published this past September in the journal Case Reports in Clinical Medicine, Dr. Strauchman treated a patient using prolotherapy for diastasis recti. Diastasis recti is a condition that can occur during pregnancy where the abdominal wall abnormally stretches or tears, creating an observable separation in the outer abdomen. Few conservative approaches have been shown to correct this common problem.
Prolotherapy carries a great safety profile. It is performed as a series of injections over a period of time, depending on the extent of injury, and the patient’s ability to heal. It has been widely used by athletes for decades, and newer techniques are being developed where other ingredients can be added to the injection.
Compared to other treatments for certain joint injuries, prolotherapy is much more cost effective, and may lead to more extensive healing. For a link to the full article, click here.
Dr. Megan Strauchman is the medical director for the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan. She is board certified in integrative medicine, and fellowship trained through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. For more information about her or her office, visit nwprc.com or call 810.694.3576.