GPs sour as college refuses to endorse prolotherapy

RACGP says there is insufficient evidence, but musculoskeletal GPs disagree
Lydia Hales
knee injection

GPs who specialise in musculoskeletal medicine are up in arms over the RACGP’s refusal to endorse the use of dextrose prolotherapy for knee and hip osteoarthritis.

The complementary treatment consists of an injection of sugar plus anaesthetic, which is thought to ease symptoms by triggering an inflammatory response, increasing blood and nutrient supply to the affected tissue.