Joint mobility plays an important role in sports activities. It determines the athlete’s ability to perform optimally, without succumbing to injuries. Reduced mobility or range of motion can lead to injuries of the primary joints, which include the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can help increase the overall mobility of joints to help avert injury and pain. OMT aims at restoring maximum, pain-free mobility of the joints and muscles, and enhances biomechanical balance and neuromuscular function. The introduction of OMT before and after sports helps warm the soft tissues and optimize joint function.
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This is defined as an injection treatment that clinicians use to treat musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries. Prolotherapy injections are given in order to stimulate the body to repair painful, injured areas. Prolotherapy works through the process of inflammation. Contrary to popular belief, inflammation is actually a good thing. Inflammation is the process by which the body heals. Traditional treatments such as NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) medications, cortisone shots, and ice actually stop the healing process. Prolotherapy injections are given at the point(s) where the ligaments and tendons attach to the bone(s) also known as the fibro osseous junction. A “proliferant” solution is injected into the injured area, stimulating the body to send healing cells to the injection sites. When the cells arrive to the injured area, they cause a localized inflammatory reaction and the patient will see swelling in the injected area. With this come healing immune cells that allow the body to lay down new tissue growing thicker, stronger ligaments and tendons. Prolotherapy is used in the field of musculoskeletal or orthopedic medicine to treat musculoskeletal conditions where the origin of the painful condition is related to an underlying instability or looseness of the ligaments and tendons, or where a deficiency in cartilage exists.
Prolotherapy has been successfully used to treat a wide array of conditions including but not limited to the following:
PRP is sometimes thought of as “super-prolotherapy.” The concept in both is to stimulate the body’s own healing ability to generate stronger tissue. One PRP treatment can generate as much as three times the tissue as one prolotherapy treatment. PRP is a therapy that utilizes a patient’s own blood to stimulate a healing response within a damaged tissue or joint. PRP is made by taking a small sample of a patient’s own blood and spinning the sample in a centrifuge. This process concentrates platelets in what is called a “buffy coat” that is extracted and delivered to the injured area. Growth factors in the platelets recruit and produce cells necessary for healing.
Anyone, from professional athletes to those who enjoy recreational activities or whose wounds are difficult to heal, can benefit from the healing effects of PRP. PRP offers an alternative treatment for those who do not wish to have surgery. Patients may want to consider PRP therapy if they have been diagnosed with arthritis or an injury to a tendon or a ligament. The injury may be either recent or chronic. The same conditions that are treated with prolotherapy (listed on prolotherapy page) can also be treated using PRP. While other treatments (such as cortisone injections) provide temporary relief, prolotherapy and PRP therapy is designed to promote long-term healing of the injury.