Chronic joint pain is a common problem for many men and women as part of the aging process, years of wear-and-tear, or the result of a past injury. When pain in your shoulder, knee, or another joint affects your ability to enjoy an active lifestyle or participate in your favorite leisure activities, it can be extremely frustrating. Prolozone therapy — a form of regenerative medicine — can help your joints get the oxygen and ozone they need to repair themselves, so you can get through your day with less pain and discomfort.
At Optimized Wellness in Centennial, Colorado, Jordan Bernard, ARNP, and her health care team provide nonsurgical, natural treatment methods that focus on the underlying causes of your joint pain. Prolozone therapy can help damaged tissue in your joints heal themselves, so you can regain mobility and be as active as you desire. In this blog, we answer your questions about prolozone therapy.
What is prolozone therapy?
Prolozone therapy is a regenerative medicine injection that’s made up of ozone — a gas composed of three oxygen atoms. The solution also contains anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins, and minerals. When we inject prolozone into a painful degenerative or injured joint, the ozone and oxygen gases promote tissue regeneration.
Cells need oxygen to survive and heal, so injecting damaged tissue with a high concentration of ozone increases the oxygen in the area and allows your body to begin healing itself. When you undergo prolozone therapy for an arthritic or damaged joint, inflammation decreases, pain decreases, and you’re able to move more easily.
Over time, with a series of injections that we customize to your specific needs, prolozone therapy helps restore joint tissue by improving oxygen levels and allowing damaged connective tissue to heal, therefore restoring your painful joint to its full function.
Ozone stimulates growth factors
Prolozone therapy uses ozone to stimulate growth factors in the tissue surrounding a damaged joint. Like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections — another type of regenerative medicine — prolozone therapy stimulates new growth at a cellular level.
This enhances, or jumpstarts, your body’s natural ability to heal itself and replace damaged tissue with new, healthier tissue. When you have healthy connective tissue supporting your joints, you can move freely and without unbearable pain.
Ozone acts as a disinfectant
In addition to increasing oxygen in a damaged or degenerative joint, ozone injections also act as a disinfectant. This is helpful when the underlying cause of your joint pain is the result of an infection that leads to arthritic conditions.
What common problems can prolozone therapy improve?
Some of the most common musculoskeletal problems that respond well to prolozone therapy include:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Knee pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative spinal discs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Hip pain
- Neck and back pain
- Sports injuries
- Degenerative joint disease
For many people, prolozone therapy is an ideal alternative to invasive surgery and a long recovery period. Instead, a customized series of prolozone injections can help your joint pain subside naturally, without surgery. Prolozone therapy also stabilizes the treated area by helping to strengthen damaged or injured tissue.
As with every treatment we offer here at Optimized Wellness, we take a holistic approach to resolving your pain and helping your body heal from injury and illness. As part of a comprehensive approach to improving your overall health and wellness, prolozone therapy can be a vital part of your healing. And, it comes without the use of foreign substances, habit-forming medications, or invasive procedures.
To learn more about prolozone therapy for a painful musculoskeletal condition, give us a call at 720-370-2073, or request an appointment through our convenient online booking system.