Introducing Prolozone, a proliferative solution/oxygen injection technique performed by Naturopathic Doctors Birch to treat a wide variety of both acute and chronic musculo-skeletal and joint conditions including neck and back pain, plantar fascitis, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic hips and knees, degenerated discs, shoulder problems and elbow pain. A big difference between Prolozone and inflammatory treatments such as cortisone is that Prolozone is directed at correcting the actual pathology of the disorder, resulting in a much higher probability for the chronic pain sufferer to become permanently pain free.
What is Prolozone?
Prolozone is derived from the Latin word "proli" which means to regenerate or rebuild, and the word ozone. Ozone is the most highly active form of oxygen and Prolozone uses the power of oxygen to encourage damaged joints, tissues, ligaments and tendons to regenerate. This often provides for complete healing and a permanent end to pain.
How does Prolozone Work?
Circulation is a primary contributor to the healing of injuries. Areas of the body with little circulation have a difficult time healing. In order for a damaged area of the body to regenerate, to become pain free, and to completely heal, it must have the essential ingredients that blood provides - vitamins, minerals and oxygen. It is believed that oxygen is the most important, and that low levels of oxygen may cause an accumulation of lactic acid which results in pain.
Prolozone works in two distinct ways. First, a natural anti-inflammatory solution with essential vitamins and minerals is injected into the site to reduce inflammation and swelling, increase circulation and assist with healing. Secondly, ozone is then injected into the site to highly oxygenate the area for more rapid healing.
In a very short amount of time, the tissues obtain all the ingredients they need to heal, circulation to the problematic area is enhanced, and the treatment is complete. Although each individual's response to treatment varies, most people need only a few treatments spaced out over several weeks. Patients receiving Prolozone usually feel immediate improvement, with very little to no pain during and after the treatments.
Prolozone is NOT the same as Prolotherapy. Prolozone uses oxygen to stimulate healing, whereas Prolotherapy uses inflammation. Prolozone works more rapidly, requiring fewer injections with minimal pain during treatments. And Prolozone has been shown to be effective in regenerating tissue.
Common Conditions that respond well to Prolozone
Neck pain, whiplash, degenerated or herniated discs, low back pain, plantar fascitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon tears, TMJ syndrome, sciatica, heel spurs, neuromas, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, a wide range of knee injuries, and many other sports injuries.
Because Prolozone has been shown to promote tissue and cartilage regeneration, treatments are often effective in minimizing pain for those suffering from chronic arthritic conditions of the hips, shoulders and knees. And when treatment is combined with Physical Therapy and Conditioning Exercises designed to fix any contributing biomechanical issues and movement pattern dysfunctions, the technique is often highly successful in providing permanent relief.
Pain is extremely complicated, with a wide variety of causes that we may not always fully understand. But what we do know is that pain and inflammation typically go hand-in-hand. Whether that inflammation is the result of trauma, overuse, poor mechanics, dysfunctional movement patterns or structural changes to a joint from arthritis, cartilage damage or narrowing of the joint spaces. Regardless of the cause, once we have inflammation, we often also have pain. And once we have pain, we modifly what we do and how we do it. We alter our movement patterns because of the pain, which can often lead to a chain reaction of compensatory mechanical problems and health conditions.
So...doesn't it make sense to try and eliminate our pain first, so that we can stop the process of compensatory change? If our pain was simply the result of overuse, going too far or too hard before our tissues could adapt, once pain free we can return to activity slowly and progressively. If our pain was the result of trauma, we should simply remain pain free without any additional change. And if our pain was the result of movement dysfunction, once pain free, we can accurately determine the biomechical pattern that caused our injury and then correct that underlying cause with Physical Therapy to provide a permanent fix. And if a structural change to a joint was our initial cause, reducing the inflammation of our soft tissue might prove sufficient anyway - we simply don't know until we try.
Regardless, it seems like a safe bet, that a good first place to start is to eliminate pain. And then to check things out, take a deeper look at our mechanics and our movement to see if we can make some changes to keep us pain free and functioning more efficiently and effectively.
Several of our staff and clients have already given Prolozone a try and have had much success. If you suffer from joint or muscle pain, have been struggling to find a way out of the pain, or have been told that surgery is the only answer - it's time to give Prolozone a try.