Prolotherapy And Chiro-Medical Group San Francisco
As you may or may not already know. Executive Express Chiropractic is under new ownership. The name of our new owner is Chiro-Medical Group, Inc.
Chiro-Medical Group (CMG) specializes in sports injuries and chronic pain syndromes and is one of the only multi-disciplinary sports clinics in San Francisco to offer Prolotherapy.
So, What is Prolotherapy (Here is an excerpt from the CMG main website Prolotherapy page-please read entire article for more info):
Prolotherapy involves a series of injections designed to produce inflammation in the injured tissue. To appreciate the value of such a seemingly counterproductive measure, you need to know something about connective tissue and how the body normally repairs it.
When tissues are injured, inflammation is a common natural response. It stimulates substances carried in blood that produce growth factors in the injured area to promote healing. Ligaments, tendons and cartilage have very poor blood supplies, which can result in incomplete healing.
The healing process can also be impeded when injuries are treated with anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or Naprosyn, or prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaids) to relieve pain and swelling.
Unlike injections of corticosteroids, which also suppress inflammation and provide only temporary relief for a chronic condition, prolotherapy injections given over the course of several months are meant to provide a permanent benefit. In effect, prolotherapy tricks the body into initiating a healing response.
The technique reactivates the healing process by injecting a mildly irritating substance — commonly a somewhat concentrated sugar solution along with the painkiller lidocaine — into the injured area to stimulate a temporary low-grade inflammation. In some cases, growth factors themselves may be injected.
With growth factors in place at the site of inflammation, new tissue is said to be produced that strengthens lax or unstable ligaments and tendons. The technique may even support damaged or degenerated cartilage, which normally does not repair itself, by strengthening the fibrous connective tissues that stabilize the area.
Practitioners cite experiments in laboratory animals that demonstrated tissue growth in ligaments and tendons stimulated by prolotherapy injections. Two animal studies also showed healing of cartilage defects.
Can Prolotherapy Help You?
You may or may not be a candidate for Prolotherapy. The best thing to do if you have been injured and feel you may be a candidate is to come to our clinic for a consultation with Dr. Wolfer, our Harvard trained Physical Medicine doctor. Simply call 415-495-2225.