Prolotherapy/Regenerative-Restorative Injection Therapy
Comprehensive Wellness for Total Recovery: How Regenerative Injection Therapy plus Nutritional Strategies Can Improve Recovery
(June 13, 2011) While many patients pay close attention to medical treatment (and their doctors put forth a strong effort in prescribing the perfect combination of medication and therapy), many do not pay attention to the importance of daily nutritional intake as a base for good health. Alongside medical treatment, having good nutritional and exercise habits can improve a patient's recovery and help him or her see better results.
Some physicians are now paying more attention to the importance of a comprehensive approach in treating pain – and what's more, they're combining innovative and effective treatments with nutritional and exercise plans to offer better results. Dr. Hector Lopez, MD, CSCS, FAAPMR, is one such physician gaining recognition in the medical community for combining minimally-invasive injection therapies with nutritional counseling to restore lost function and offer patients total, customized orthopedic wellness. The addition of nutritional counseling helps ensure an optimal environment for healthy healing.
Prolotherapy/Regenerative-Restorative injection therapy is especially well-suited to this combination. The treatment, which is given as a series of well tolerated and minimally-invasive injections to the affected joint or surrounding structures, helps increase the potential for regeneration of healthy tissue after an injury. Often, the ligaments, tendons and connective tissue around the affected joint do not heal properly following damage; prolotherapy/RIT injections introduce mild solutions and biochemical agents that restart the cycle of healing and allows for proper rebuilding and remodeling of tissue in the affected bodypart.
What are the Benefits of Combining prolotherapy/RIT with Nutritional Supplementation?
Combining prolotherapy/RIT with nutritional supplementation offers multiple benefits for the patient. By reducing their intake of inflammatory foods (or foods that promote, sustain or can increase inflammation) and increasing their intake of foods that have anti-inflammatory properties and immune system support, patients can boost the power of their injection therapy program and see even better results. In addition to decreased pain and improved physical function, they may also notice overall improvements in cardiovascular, neurologic health and metabolism. Common foods with the potential to increase inflammation and the likelihood of creating CHRONIC pain and inflammatory states are: foods high in omega-6 fatty acids, including corn oil, refined carbohydrates that cause rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin, and trans fats – it's no wonder so many Americans have problems with the "resolution" of joint and spine pain due to an orthopedic injury.
A recently published study in Germany showed that the addition of fish oil to Glucosamine Sulfate (a common treatment for joint pain) significantly improved joint health and function. Patients in the study experienced a reduction of 56% in Knee arthritis symptoms of pain and stiffness and 48% improvement in arthritis symptoms of the hip. This combination of supplements can be improved by the reduction of pro-inflammatory foods in the diet. By switching to a carefully customized injection therapy and nutrition plan featuring a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods like fish oil, berries, avocado, nuts, and certain herbs/spices patients can enjoy healthier lifestyles with less pain and enhanced function.
What Conditions Can Prolotherapy/Restorative Injection Therapy Treat?
Prolotherapy is commonly used to treat joint related condition such as:
- Back & neck pain
- Wrist, knee, ankle, hip, foot or elbow pain
- Shoulder pain (tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, instability, arthritis)
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Foot pain (eg. plantar fasciitis)
- Oher musculoskeletal pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome