By Dr. Andrew Jones
Prolotherapy is defined as “proliferation therapy,” or “proliferative injection therapy”.
It involves injecting an irritant type solution into the region of tendons or ligmaents to strengthen the weak tissues, causing scar tissue to form, and help re-stabilize the joint.
Prolotherapy has been used for over 30 years to repair joint injuries in people.
The injected material produces a thickening of the joint capsule and of the external ligaments of the joint.
Over time the thickened ligaments eventually come together, strengthening the joint.
Prolotherapy is usually performed over takes place in 5 to 6 sessions 3 weeks apart.
The joint is clipped, and cleaned with a surgical scrub.
Injections are carefully placed in the area where the cruciate ligament attaches to the joint.
During the procedure most dogs are sedated, but not anesthetized.
Veterinarians performing this claim to see positive results typically after 3 treatments.
There are few veterinary practitioners performing this procedure, although clearly it is worthy of some research; especially in light of the costs associated with ACL surgical repair.
This would be a procedure best geared towards a dog with a partial ACL tear, using some physiotherapy, and hydrotherapy to strengthen the joint.
Long term the dog should be an effective joint supplement.
Here is a video of prolotherapy on a person:
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