prolotherapy relieves pain from osteoarthritis of the knee

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As shown by a new study, after several sessions of prolotherapy(treatment using injections aimed at stimulation of rehabilitation processes in chronic weakness of the ligaments and tendons) in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, knee pain significantly reduced by more than one year.The procedures are as follows: Patients are administered a series of injections of sugar water in the area of ​​the knee where the pain is felt most strongly.

Previous studies found prolotherapy it has more disadvantages than positive effects.However, a new study was larger and more reliable and provide irrefutable evidence of the effectiveness of this method for pain relief in knee OA.According to Dr. John losers, honorary professor at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA), specializing in diseases of the ligaments and tendons, "The effectiveness of this method is demonstrated

in clinical trials, will clarify many controversial and" slippery "position, covered in a negative light after the preliminary experiments,aimed at studying prolotherapy. "

Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common occurrence, especially among people over 65, but no therapy has not yet been brought to at least any significant relief to patients suffering from OA.

Note that prolotherapy, which costs between 200 and 1,000 US dollars for each session, not covered by health insurance.When her holding a small amount of solution injected into the knee area in which there are painful ligaments and tendons.For a complete pain relief is necessary to conduct several of these sessions."The idea is to stimulate the local reserves of healing" - said in an interview «Reuters Health» lead author Dr. David Rebeygo, Associate Professor of the University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA).

Rebeygo and his colleagues divided 90 study participants aged 40 to 76 years, suffering from knee OA, into three groups: one received sugar water used for injection during prolotherapy, another - placebo injectable aqueous salt solution, andthe third was trained to exercise at home and done without introducing any injections.

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During the 17 weeks the first two groups were injected at least three times, and sometimes more (if the subjects were asked about it), and were followed for one year.

members of the first group, which were injected with sugar water, reported that knee function improved.This improvement they evaluated on 16 points (100 on a scale of severity of osteoarthritis) compared to 5 points in those who were administered physiological saline and 7 among the points of the third group of participants who practiced exercises at home.

A year later the first group of participants also reported that the pain they have become less frequent and not as strong as before, and appreciated the improvements in 14 points (also on a 100-point scale), while the participants of the second (watersaline injection) and third (exercises at home) group appreciated improvement in the 7 and 9 points respectively.

«prolotherapy This study allowed us to obtain much better results than the previous ones and carefully controlled trials of this kind in other regions", - said Dr. Loser.- "However, there are still many questions to which it is mandatory to get satisfactory answers before prolotherapy can be recommended for widespread use," - he warned.- "Of course, more research is needed before it can be no doubt take prolotherapy as a standard method for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee," - he concluded.

In addition, researchers still do not know how long the pain will be "silent" after a period of one year.As Dr. David Rebeygo, he has no more no doubt, and he confidently said: "These results confirm that prolotherapy is the best method for the daily care of the knee joints of patients suffering from osteoarthritis, a condition which could not manage to improve by applying more conservativemeasures. "Dr. Rebeygo added that knows exactly how it works prolotherapy, but, nevertheless, would strongly recommend this treatment to members of his own family.

Reuters