Joint pain and arthritis affect millions of people worldwide. It is the most common causes of immobility in people over the age of 55 years. Joint pain can affect any joint (small or big) in the body. Similarly, other pain related conditions such as back pain, neck pain or leg pain are also very common and can hamper day to day activities.
Medical science has introduced several measures to deal with the pain. This includes painkillers, corticosteroids, epidural injections, surgery etc. All these measures temporarily relieve pain. Moreover, when used for a longer duration, these methods are often associated with side effects. One of the effective and non-surgical way to deal with pain associated with joints and cartilages is prolozone therapy. Prolozone comes from a latin word, ‘Prolix’, Prolozone therapy is a permanent treatment for several kinds of chronic pain. Let us find out more about this amazing pain relieving technique.
About Prolozone Therapy
Prolozone therapy is a form of non-surgical ligament and cartilage reconstruction therapy that involves injection of ozone component in to the affected part. It was discovered by Frank Shallenberger, MD, who found that oxygen or ozone can be used to overoliferate ligament tissue. The aim of this therapy is to treat the pathology associated with pain so there are many chances that the patient becomes permanently pain free.
Ozone therapy has been used over the last several years to treat various medical conditions. Ozone stimulates the activity of fibroblasts and chondroblasts, the activity that is must for repairing and rebuilding of damaged tissues, cartilage and ligaments. It is effective in regenerating the cartilage in damaged knees and hips. There are few differences between Prolozone and Prolotherapy. Prolozone injection is actually combination of prolococktail and ozone component. Some Doctors add steroids to prolococktail as well reduce decrease inflammation.
Dr Dulitsky from Australia has introduced another interesting upgrade to Prolotherapy, by trying to enhance the regenerative aspect of the treatment. His medical cocktails often include some natural cellular stimulants that enhance the activity of the Stem Cells
One of his discoveries was an integration of PRP therapy with Prolozone.
How does Prolozone Therapy work?
According to Frank Shallenberger, some parts of the body such as tendons, cartilages and ligaments have less oxygen supply as compared to other parts of the body. This is due to poor circulation in these parts as compared to other connective tissue areas. This leads to improper oxygen utilization, which is the root cause of most of the chronic pain related diseases. Aging, trauma and other factors that affect the blood circulation to these areas, which in turn leads to improper healing. Decreased circulation and inflammation contribute to the formation of lactic acid, which is the cause of chronic pain.
Prolozone therapy works by improving the oxygen supply to these areas and thereby allowing it to heal fast and restore full function. It basically supplies the necessary nutrients to the affected part and thus stimulates the deposition of fibroblasts and chondroblasts- proteins that help in synthesizing collagen and strengthening injured tissues and stabilizing the affected part. Hence, it works in the most natural way to decrease the pain.
According Dr Dulitsky a the main regenerative power of Prolozone comes from Stem Cell activation and powerful stimulation of anti-oxidant system which takes control over the free radicals, the main culprits of cellular damage. The prolococktail , he believe does enhance this process.
Difference between Prolozone and Prolotherapy.
- Prolotherapy aims to induce inflammation which induces proliferation of cells such as fibroblasts, required for the repair of the damaged cells. Prolotherapy is excellent choice for the actual damaged tissue that needs to be repaired or strengthened. ( conditions where is a tear in muscle, or legaments.) Prolotherapy is slightly more painful if compared to Prolozone and often cause some pain for a few days due to induced inflammation. Prolotherapy does not have many side effects. However very rarely the induced inflammation can go out of control and cause aggravation of the treated condition.
- Prolozone aims to harvest the regenerative quality of Ozone, including powerful anti-inflammatory action, activation of anti-oxidant system and the most important – Stem Cells activation. All of that amazing power of medical ozone is combine with prolococktail that increase cell proliferation. As a result you have a “magic mix” and the cheapest STEM CELL therapy on the market.
Conditions treated by Prolozone Therapy:
- Neck pain
- Hip Pain
- Back Pain
- Knee pain
- Degenerated discs
- Herniated discs
- Post-surgical pain
- Sports injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tennis elbow
- Degenerative joint diseases and many other joint related conditions
Sports injuries are another common cause of pain. Injuries commonly occur in contact sports, particularly football and soccer are most common. These injuries are due to blunt trauma accidents, overuse of certain parts or areas of the body, poor exercising or training techniques, heavy exercise without warm up or due to improper protective gear.
Joint Pain Associated with Aging:
Joint pain is very common in elderly people. After the age of 35 the density of the bone begins to diminish. This loss of bone density is accelerated in post women after menopause. This condition is known as osteoporosis. With age, many changes take place in connective tissue and cartilage which affects joints. Tendons become rigid and painful. These patients respond very well to ozone therapy because this therapy improves the blood supply to all tissues.
Response to treatment:
The response to treatment varies from individual to individual, and also depends upon certain other factors such as level and kind of injury or pain, and individual’s ability to heal. Depending upon the pain condition, some people may require only two or three sittings, whereas people with deep rooted chronic pain may have to go for longer treatment courses.
The injections are given at an interval of one to two weeks depending upon how your body is responding to them. Once the injection is given, your therapist will give you a rough estimate on how much treatment injections will be required for permanent cure.
Is it safe?
Most patients are often concerned about the safety of this therapy. However, this method utilizes the natural form of oxygen to stimulate repair and healing. No steroids, painkillers or surgery is involved and natural healing is promoted. Thus, it is the most natural and safe way to deal with painful conditions.
Conclusion of Prolozone Therapy
There is no doubt that joint pain or back pain can be prevented by strengthening the muscles and ligaments, maintaining good posture, using safe bending and lifting techniques, losing extra weight and avoiding smoking habits. However, at times in spite of taking the above mentioned steps, we may become susceptible to any kind of pain. So, instead of trying harsh methods that are often associated with adverse effects, it is better to go for a natural therapy that is safe and effective.