ANNOUNCER: After injuring himself, Larry thought the pain had gotten the best of him.
LARRY, PROLOTHERAPY PATIENT: I'd lost all the motion. I think, "Oh, the hell with it. I'll just give up tennis." That seemed easy at the time.
ANNOUNCER: But then he found relief through an alternative tendon and ligament treatment called prolotherapy.
DR. IRWIN ABRAHAM, MD: Prolotherapy is a treatment that jump-starts the body's own healing and the solution we use is just concentrated sugar, dextrose, which is the same sugar that's in the body, and a little local anesthetic. What it does is it produces new strong tissue, tendons and ligaments, that are just like the normal tissues in the body.
ANNOUNCER: And prolotherapy has been used to treat a variety of conditions, even ones that have been a pain for years.
ANNOUNCER: Often when people have a chronic daily headache, the problem is actually a strain and tiny little tears of the muscles that attach to the back of the skull. Prolotherapy can also be used into the joints if you have degenerative arthritis, known as osteoarthritis, in the knuckles or other joints in the fingers, or in the knees and I've had people who have had injuries for many years who have then been treated with just one or two sessions of prolotherapy.
ANNOUNCER: While research into the benefits of prolotherapy continues, Larry says it's gotten him back in the game.
LARRY, PROLOTHERAPY PATIENT: I'm bending my knees, using my wrist all the time, you know. If I wasn't trying to be athletic, I suppose it would be easier to recover. But I'm punishing these guys.
ANNOUNCER: Thanks for joining us on today's Once Daily.