Prolozone™ is derived from the Latin word “proli”, which means to regenerate or rebuild, and the word ozone. It literally means re-building tissues with ozone. It is important to understand what the word Prolozone™ actually means. “Prolo” is short for proliferation because the treatment uses the power of oxygen to cause the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak or damaged.
Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints – acting like the body’s shock absorbers. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. Ligaments will also not tighten on their own to their original length once injured. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited, and therefore healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings and as a result, a person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose.
Let’s think of our joints as the hinges on a door. Until the hinges are fixed, the door just isn’t going to open or close correctly; it’s the same exact thing with our joints. If we are athletic or just getting older, there is some gradual and natural degeneration of the moving parts of the body due to ongoing recurrent mechanical stress, and failure of tissues to repair. This can come from the lack of nutrients, lack of circulation, aging and inflammation. When this happens, the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage become dehydrated and weaker. This results in laxity and more abnormal mechanical stress and shearing forces on the joint. Abnormal shearing forces and torsion cause more joint dysfunction, which leads to a progressive separation of the ligaments from the superficial covering on the bone called the periosteum. This pulling on the periosteum creates a space, which the body fills in with new bone. These new parts of bone are called osteophytes and are the premier signs of degenerative arthritis in and around the joint. Osteophytes and joint laxity result in a reduced range of motion causing strain on surrounding muscles, which then become either over or under worked, leading to more dysfunction and pain.
Prolozone™ Therapy results in the repair and tightening of the lax structures, partially torn connective tissue and ligaments, which halts the pain/inflammation cycle. This allows for better circulation, increased blood flow carrying nutrients, and hydration of the damaged tissues. This allows for a healing environment within the joint to develop and results in an increased range of motion and decreased pain. This regeneration process usually causes a complete healing and a permanent end to pain.