Prolotherapy and Hydrodilatation are two minimally invasive treatment options that can be highly beneficial for podiatrists in the treatment of various foot and ankle conditions.
Here are some advantages of these treatments:
- Prolotherapy: Prolotherapy involves injecting a solution into the affected area to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Agents that are commonly injected in prolotherapy are hyperosmolar dextrose (a sugar), glycerine, lidocaine (a commonly used local anaesthetic), phenol and sodium morrhuate (a derivative of cod liver oil extract). The injections are typically performed two weeks apart for a minimum of 3 sessions but can take place over several months if needs be.Advantages of prolotherapy for podiatrists include:
- Reducing pain and inflammation in the affected area
- Restoring mobility and function to the affected joint or tissue
- Improving overall joint stability and reducing the risk of future injuries
- Minimally invasive with no downtime required
- Hydrodilatation: Hydrodilatation involves injecting a saline solution into the affected joint to help stretch and expand the joint capsule, reducing pain and stiffness. Advantages of hydrodilatation for podiatrists include:
- Providing pain relief for patients with various joint conditions, such as frozen shoulder or ankle impingement
- Improving joint mobility and function, reducing the risk of future injuries
- A minimally invasive treatment option with no downtime required
- Potentially avoiding the need for more invasive treatments, such as surgery
Overall, both prolotherapy and hydrodilatation offer podiatrists a safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment option for various foot and ankle conditions. These treatments can help patients avoid the need for more invasive procedures and promote faster healing and recovery times.