Reconstructive therapy uses injections of natural substances such as dextrose,
glycerin, and phenol in order to stimulate the growth of connective tissue and
this strengthen weak or damaged joints, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. This
therapy is used to treat degenerative arthritis, lower back pain, torn ligaments
and cartilage, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions.
Treatment programs typically begin with a thorough diagnosis of the problem,
including an orthopedic, neurological, and--in some instances--osteopathic musculoskeletal
exam. The doctor will also order x-rays or an MRI (magnetic resonance image),
as well as laboratory tests.