PROLOTHERAPY APPLICATIONS IN SPORTS MEDICINE
Ahmet Mustafa ADA
TSK Spor Okulu Sporcu Sağlığı Uygulama Merkezi, Ankara
Keywords: Sports injuries, prolotherapy, regenerative injection treatment, tendinites
Injection therapies are often applied in the treatment of sports injuries concerning muscles, tendons, ligaments and capsules. Prolotherapy has been used as a regenerative injection treatment since the 1950s. It aims to compensate for the insufficient blood supply in tissues such as tendons, ligaments and their enthesis. Prolotherapy enhances the regeneration of these weak tissues and improves joint stabilization. There are some insufficient studies revealing the effectiveness of prolotherapy; thus further well-designed studies are required. In the present review, lateral epicondylitis, Achilles tendinopathy, adductor tendinitis and plantar fasciitis applications of prolotherapy, and the subjects of concern are discussed.