Prolozone therapy relieves chronic pain. It is a non-surgical treatment that involves injecting a joint with a local anesthetic and following it with an equal amount of ozone. The combination relieves pain, while promoting the body’s ability to heal.
To further explain prolozone we must discuss how this therapy was developed. It is a combination of prolotherapy and ozone therapy.
In prolotherapy a healthcare provider injects a joint with a solution that irritates the tissues. It is usually a solution of dextrose (a sugar) in sterile water. The irritation causes inflammation, which initiates the body’s healing response. Prolotherapy is a proven and effective therapy. However, there are some drawbacks. First, it requires the practitioner be very precise, injecting at very specific points, if the location is missed then the therapy doesn’t work. Secondly, prolotherapy takes months of consistent injections to work. Finally, there is often significant pain involved.
Ozone therapy introduces ozone, which is a form of oxygen into tissues to initiate healing. Ozone (O3) is “unstable”, preferring to return to its more stable state of O2. It is in the movement back to O2 that the extra oxygen molecules become immediately available to the cells of the tissue at the injection site. The oxygen increases blood supply to the region stimulating the tissues to repair themselves.
Prolozone therapy is a combination of the two therapies and here is how it works. The injection begins with the introduction of the local anesthetic procaine, which numbs the regions being treated, reduces the local inflammation and changes the way pain is perceived after the treatment. Immediately after the procaine is introduced it is followed by an equal amount of ozone. The injections involve very little pain and the patient is able to move and continue normal activities right away.
The prolozone injections are repeated until the maximum improvement is experienced, some individuals need only one or two, while others require more. The number of injections and the time it takes to heal are dependent on the individual and the injury. Prolozone injections usually result in the complete absence of symptoms and represent a permanent fix.
- Osteoarthritis of the spine, knee and hip
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Back and neck pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Sciatica & low back pain
- Sprains & strains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports related injuries