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.