Prolotherapy involves the use of medication injected into injured ligaments for the purpose of re-growing them. Since the ligaments actually re-grow with this treatment (much like a scab heals skin) the term prolotherapy, from proliferate, was coined to describe the treatment. The following Prolotherapy article is a review on the topic and was published by Dr. Robert Schwartz of Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A. Greenville, S.C.
Proliferative therapy (prolotherapy) is the process whereby dextrose, P25G or sodium morrhuate is injected into ligaments in order to produce a proliferating response of that ligament. The purpose of these injections is to strengthen ligamentous structures and relieve pain. A review of the literature is provided and a retrospective study presented which demonstrates a 66% reduction of sacroiliac low back pain in two-thirds of the patients who received this form of treatment.