rolotherapy, which was developed over fifty years ago, is a natural non-surgical method of assisting the body to heal injured tendons and ligaments. "Prolo" stands for "proliferate". In this case, Prolotherapy helps your body make new cells, which strengthen lax or torn tendons and ligaments. (Ligaments are the tough tissues which connect bones to bones, and tendons are the same kind of tissue which connect muscles to bones).
You might wonder why you still have pain in an injured area or why that area remains weak, even after a healing period of weeks or months. The answer lies in the fact that both ligaments and tendons have very poor circulation, and it is this lack of blood supply which deprives them of the nutrients they need to heal properly. Now, these weakened areas may have little or no blood flow, but they have lots of nerves. When ligaments become relaxed and weak, these nerves within and around the ligaments and tendons become stretched and irritated. Pain results.
How can you strengthen tendons and ligaments? Unfortunately these tissues are not muscle, so they do not respond to exercise as muscles do. Exercise cannot build or strengthen ligaments or tendons, but Prolotherapy can help repair the weakened ligaments and tendons of a chronic injury. Or if you simply want to strengthen certain areas of your body to prevent injury, Prolotherapy can help you, too.
Prolotherapy has been scientifically observed to increase the size of tendons and ligaments up to 40%. It has also been shown to increase their tensile strength by as much as 200%. No scar tissue is formed (as would be the case in surgical procedures). The tissue formed from Prolotherapy is healthy, strong, flexible ligament or tendon tissue. Once the ligament or tendon has been repaired by Prolotherapy, the nerves are no longer stretched or irritated, and the pain goes away.
Prolotherapy at Optimum Wellness Group
r. Megan Shields practices Prolotherapy as part of the Optimum Wellness Medical Group, located on the 5th floor of the Glendale Medical Arts Building in Glendale, CA.
Dr. Shields first received training in Prolotherapy from Dr. William Faber, Founder and Director of the Milwaukee Pain Clinic. She also completed the first Gustav Hemwall seminar in Prolotherapy given by the late Dr. Hemwall, who was the world's most experienced Prolotherapy doctor.
The Optimum Wellness Group provides Family Medicine and Prolotherapy to the communities of Burbank, Altadena, Pasadena, Hollywood, La Canada, Los Angeles, Silver lake, Highland Park, La Crescenta, Alhambra, Echo Park, Monterey Hills, Monterey Park, Sherman Oaks, San Marino and Encino California.
Painful conditions routinely addresssed with Prolotherapy include arthritis, back pain, headaches, migraines, degenerated discs, herniated discs, torn cartilage, sports injuries,
fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, knee injuries, low back pain, whiplash, RSD pain, TMJ, heel spurs, plantar fascilitis, rotator cuff injuries, frozend shoulder, and sciatics.
Call our office today for an appointment to find out if Prolotherapy is a correct treatment for your painful condition - 818.547.5400.
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