MODS: I’m not sure where to post this; it’d fit in Supp/Nutrition, 35> lifters, Steroids, and maybe GaL; your call.
I’m wondering if anyone has heard of/experienced prolotherapy?
[For those who haven’t, it’s an injection treatment where a solution, usually some kind of irritant is injected into the site of pain to encourage cartilage growth and strengthen connective tissue. The solution is usually a “non-pharmacological and non-irritant” mix.]
I’m considering using it for my chronic knee problems; my hope is that the injections will kick start some new cartilage growth in the area, which allow me to do more exercises for it pain free.
[I’ve suffered from patellar tendinitis for almost 3 years now, and despite arthroscopic surgery on both knees, braces, physio the entire time and non-stop exercises, I still can’t operate at 100%]
It’s still relatively new, so I haven’t been able to find too much information available.
Based on my research, the solution they inject with can vary largely. Often hGH will be added to the irritant solution, and that has had positive results, but it wasn’t very clear on when the hGH would be a good idea or not. I don’t care either way, just want whatever will fix my knees.
I’m 18 (19 in a month) and I’m not sure if the small amount of hGH (if it were used - which is apparently up to the doc) would affect me? I can’t tell if my growth plates are fused, and while I wouldn’t mind being taller, I don’t want to do any damage. Just want working knees.
If anyone has any thoughts/advice on this therapy (with/without the hGH, doesn’t matter to me), it would be greatly appreciated.