The hip is one of the most stable joints in the human body. It allows important motion in the legs, gives the body balance, and of course its primary role, which is serving as the body’s largest weight-bearing joint.
You could say that the hip is under a lot of pressure! Even though it’s one of our most stable joints, the hip is at a higher risk of injury and pain due to overuse, general wear and tear, and reduction of bone density and joint elasticity in aging.
When the hip joint is unhealthy it can put a serious strain on daily activities and can interfere with our ability to comfortably sit, walk, bend and even stand. This is why maintaining hip joint health is absolutely necessary, as is seeking regenerative interventions at the onset of hip pain.
The body is a unified system and joint health can be explained by an architectural concept called tensegrity. The Journal of Prolotherapy describes tensegrity as a type of stabilization.” In architecture and animals, tensegrity is associated with a type of structure in which the integrity is based on the balance between tension and compression components”.
The concept of tensegrity refers to forces of tension (provided by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) pulling on structure (bones and joints that help keep the body stable and efficient in mass and movement. Simply put, it’s the physical communication between the muscles and ligaments and the bones of the pelvis, spine, and limb joints. Optimal health in the body relies on balance and a combination of strength and flexibility. This allows fluid movement in the body while remaining intrinsically stable.
Instability in the body results in the loss of tensegrity. The nervous system perceives this instability and reacts by causing the muscles to constantly contract. This creates a chain reaction that restricts blood flow to the muscles and reduces nutrient and oxygen supply which ultimately impairs healing in the area. As a result, muscles begin to break down creating a multitude of chronic conditions felt throughout the body.
Prolotherapy is a non-invasive therapy, where a solution, such as dextrose, is injected into the soft tissues of an injured area. Dextrose is a natural irritant that creates a temporary low-grade inflammation. As a result, the body sends more blood, containing important cells and growth factors, to the affected area. This entire process stimulates the body’s natural healing to strengthen joints weakened by injury or aging.
Ozone, also known as O3, is a gas containing three oxygen atoms instead of two. Considered “super oxygen”, these atoms all share the same electrons and have the ability to activate immune cells, enhance blood circulation and increase antioxidant activity. When applied medically, the presence of ozone increases oxygen efficiency to the area which advances healing and restores function to the impaired area.
When Prolotherapy and Ozone are combined, the injection solution is called Prolozone. This highly regenerative therapy activates your body’s stem cells which help to fight the cause of joint instability-cell damage and inflammation. This therapy requires multiple sessions for one to heal effectively, and a series of four weekly injections can be expected for optimal healing. Dr. Kaplan uses ultrasound visual guidance to ensure precise injection, making Prolozone safe and effective without the risk of injury or allergic response.
If you are searching for a safe, non-operative solution to joint pain, then Prolozone might be perfect for you. To learn more about our regenerative therapies please visit our Tissue Support Page.