Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment which stimulates healing. The treatment initiates growth and formation of new tissue in areas that have become damaged or weak.  Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured musculoskeletal tissue.

Prolotherapy involves the injection of an irritant solution into a joint space, weakened ligament, or tendon insertion.  The injection causes a localized inflammation in the weak areas, increasing blood supply and the flow of nutrients.  This then stimulates the tissue to repair itself.

All tissues in the body that are wounded or need to be repaired go through three phases:

  1. Inflammation
  2. Granulation
  3. Remodeling

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What Conditions are Treated by Prolotherapy?

Most Musculoskeletal pain syndroms can be treated with Prolotherapy. Some examples of those conditions are back pain, neck pain, sciatica, Rotator Cuff Syndrome, Knee pain, Meniscus tears, MCL tears, Ankle spains/instability, Headaches, and Whiplash to name a few of them.

Treatment sessions are generally given every two to six weeks for several months in a series ranging from 3 to 6 or more treatments.Many patients receive treatment at less frequent intervals until treatments are rarely required, if at all.

 

 

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Prolotherapy is considered a conservative treatment versus surgery. This treatment may reduce the immediate need for surgery by increasing the strength of the ligament or tendon tissue and decreasing pain levels to a tolerable level.

What are the Side Effects?

Patients should experience numbness immediately after the injection.  It should last a few hours and for the next few days it should be sore.  This is all a normal part of the healing process.

A sugar fix for joints and ligaments?

The most commonly used solution is hypertonic dextrose. This essentially means that concentrated sugar water is injected. Since the solution is very concentrated, the body immediately tries to dilute the solution. This causes a brief inflammatory healing response which kicks off a healing cycle.

Does insurance cover this?

Prolotherapy is not typically covered by insurance. Please contact us for estimated costs before you begin treatment.

Are there any special instructions?

Because anti-inflammatory medications (Motrin, Alleve, Steroids, all prescription NSAID’s) block healing, you must stay off these medications while undergoing Prolotherapy. You should remain as active as possible as this will help build stronger tissues.

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