Dr. Marc Darrow, MD, JD
The term “Prolotherapy” is short for “proliferation therapy.”
Proliferation, of course, means “rapid production.” What Prolotherapy rapidly and naturally stimulates is the production of collagen and cartilage. Collagen is a naturally occurring structural protein in the body that is a necessary element for the formation of connective tissue—the tissues that hold our skeletal infrastructure together. These tissues include cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle, and muscle fascia, and joint capsular tissue.
Prolotherapy stimulates collagen growth through a series of injections, not of collagen, but of mild chemical or natural irritants such as dextrose. Yes sugar water. This stimulates the immune system’s healing mechanism to produce collagen naturally. This process rejuvenates the soft tissue and can heal headaches, neck and back pain, tears in the rotator cuff of the shoulder, meniscal tears in the knee, elbow, wrist, and hand pain, arthritis, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, and foot and toe pain.
Marc Darrow, MD, JD
Assistant Clinical Professor UCLA School of Medicine
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