ACL (cruciate ligament) injuries and hip dysplasia are two of the most common and costly pathologies we see.

“Prolotherapy (Proliferative Therapy), also known as Non-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Reconstruction and Regenerative Joint Injection, is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue.”AOAPRM

At Family Pet Hospital, we won’t refer cruciate tears to the surgeon before considering this option.

The common therapy for ligament and tendon injury is typically: rest, ice, compression, NSAIDs. Much of the pain and problem for the tendon and ligament injury is often treated by the above technique and for veterinarians, this is frequently rest and NSAIDs. This will decrease the blood supply to the damaged tissue and the attachment to the bone. This can predispose the patient to additional injury, delayed healing, and a decrease in the strength of the repairs. Movement, exercise, alleviating pain and more specific treatment will produce a better response and a healthier and stronger healing.

Supporting the normal inflammatory response is needed to heal properly. We want those blood vessels to deliver the body’s cells to affect the cleanup and repair. This is natural and normal.

How do we support the inflammatory response and yet control the pain? Prolotherapy and effective pain control is an excellent choice.

A large majority of these patients are dogs or horses. The documentation of Prolotherapy in cats is very small.

For our canine patients, the prolotherapy involves injections of a specific solution into localized areas and acupuncture points that surround the affected ligaments and tendons. Often pain relief is rapid and we may also add specific pain blocking medications that do not contain NSAIDs or steroids.

Our standard procedure is give a set of injections every 2 to 4 weeks (preferably every 4 weeks) for three treatments. Our expectation would be to see an immediate improvement followed with resolution within 3 to 4 injections. Expected efficacy is around 95%.

Indications: patella ligament disease, torn cruciate ligament disease, coxofemoral problems, osteoarthritis.

Call us to discuss and learn more about prolotherapy and its benefits.

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