Watch as Dr. Marc Smith of Natchez Trace Veterinary Services in Franklin, TN. demonstrates a canine prolotherapy treatment on a boxer.
What is Canine Prolotherapy?
Canine prolotherapy is also called “nonsurgical ligament reconstruction”. As you will see in the video, a proliferant (mild irritant solution) is injected into the affected ligaments and tendons. The injections cause a localized inflammation which activates the healing process and directly stimulates the growth of new ligament and tendon tissue. As the new tissue grows, the tendons and ligaments grow stronger and are better able to support and maintain normal joint stability. When this occurs, the pain is alleviated. The basis of canine prolotherapy success is that it treats the weak or torn tendons and ligaments making them stronger and more supportive. Both tendons and ligaments are important for the stability and healthy movement of joints. Canine prolotherapy is helpful for the following conditions:
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Torn Ligaments, Tendons, and Cartilage
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Partially Degenerated or Herniated Intervertebral Disks
Prolotherapy is not a replete substitute for surgery, however, because some animals are not candidates for this type of treatment. Cases must be evaluated on an individual basis.