Inflammation is Nature’s normal means of responding productively to insult and injury. Generally in medicine the application of a means of inducing inflammation is generally accepted to be harmful and when such is created inadvertently and is the cause of serious disability and incapacitation it is considered to be a folly and outside the area of accepted medical treatment. The most distressing example of this continues to be iatrogenically created adhesive arachnoiditis. Tragic events like this have created a high level of skepticism in the medical communities. Yet, when potentially harmful influences are applied to the human body in a controlled and intelligent fashion good results for the patient are possible. This concept is the driving force behind Homeopathic Medicine and explains why it has been so controversial.
For at least a century Prolotherapy has been in practice. It started in England and came to the United States in the mid 20th century. A new millennium training course on Prolotherapy provided the following definition:
In addition to treating ligamentous laxity Prolotherapy is also used to directly treat painful conditions such as post-injury neuroma. The solutions injected in prolotherapy usually contain substances such as phenol and sugar solution designed to produce local tissue reaction. The Burton Experience has been that Prolotherapy, when practiced in a controlled and intelligent manner by practitioners who understand their limits and use specialty referral appropriately can be of benefit to selected patients. It’s major advantage is it’s minimally invasive nature. It is of interest to note that the IDET procedure also contains elements designed to address ligamentous laxity inthe intervertebral disc.