An Introduction to Injection Therapies
Types of Injection Therapy
There are a variety of techniques used in the field of injection therapy. Each technique is focused on providing a different therapeutic effect. Dr. Reeves' provides this overview of the various injection therapies. The research on this site specifically focuses on the following three techniques, which are also explained in explained in further detail (PDF).
Prolotherapy: Promotes the repair of soft tissue in the body through the injection of a non-active "irritant" solution, which prompts swelling to strengthen weakened connective tissue and relieving musculoskeletal pain. Often administered in situations of sports injury or chronic pain, prolotherapy is a natural, low-risk alternative to surgery or joint replacement. "Prolotherapy" refers to the therapeutic effect of promoting the proliferation (growth, formation) of new tissue in areas of damage and pain. By stimulating the body's inflammatory response around the damaged or painful area, the healing process is re-engaged.
Perineural Subcutaneous Injection: Injection close to subcutaneous (“under the skin”) nerves to restore their normal function. This occurs through affecting another type of inflammation called neuropathic inflammation. Learn more.
Perineural Deep Injection: Deeper injection to restore function in pain- producing sensory nerves, often with use of fluid to stretch the nerve in areas of potential compression.
This transcript provides an excellent introduction to what
prolotherapy is, how it works, and what conditions it is used to treat.
"Dr. Reeves is one of several hundred physicians and osteopaths who specialize in a therapeutic technique called prolotherapy, an alternative medicine method to promote connective tissue repair even years after the damage occurred."
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The WSJ quotes Dr. Reeves in this article on prolotherapy.