Prolozone therapy is a procedure of non-surgical joint and ligament reconstruction pioneered by Dr. Shallenberger. It is considered to be a permanent treatment for numerous types of chronic pain. The term “prolozone” is derived from the Latin word “proli” which means to proliferate, regenerate, and rebuild. The therapy is named so, as it uses ozone to regenerate and rebuild new ligament and cartilage tissues where they have become weak.
Ligaments are known as the structural “rubber bands” which hold the bones, joints, and intervertebral discs together. Ligaments can become damaged or weak from injury, excessive use, or surgery. Ligaments often do not heal back to their original strength and tightness. If this happens, there is a severe strain on the areas that the ligaments hold together. This results in pain and arthritis in the bones, discs, and joints that are affected. Also, ligaments themselves have various nerve endings that can prove to be an additional source of pain.
Prolozone Therapy typically involves the injection of ozone in and around the ligaments, especially where they attach themselves to a bone or a joint. The injected ozone is known to increase blood supply and the flow of healing nutrients. It may also stimulate the deposition and activity of chondroblasts and fibroblasts. These particular cells synthesize the collagen and cartilage that our body uses to repair any damaged ligaments and joints. The increase in any cellular repair activity strengthens and tightens the injured tissues, thus stabilizing the injured area and eliminating the cause of the pain.
Ozone is a highly reactive, naturally occurring molecule that consists of three atoms of oxygen. Since ozone is reactive, it can stimulate fibroblastic and chondroblastic activity to an incredible extent. The high level of reactivity, combined with the innate safety of oxygen, makes ozone our ideal therapeutic molecule.
The response to treatment varies from one person to another. It also depends upon the healing ability and the level of injury. Some people may need one or two treatments, while others may need up to six or seven treatments. Once your treatment begins, the practitioner can analyze how you are responding, and will then be able to give you an accurate estimate of what you can expect from further treatments.
The injection process is carried out once in every 1-2 weeks until the level of maximum improvement is noted. The therapy results in a complete absence of symptoms, and has been noted to work even in severe pain conditions that have been present for years. The most amazing thing about this treatment is that the results represent a permanent fix.