What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy (Proliferative Therapy) is a recognized orthopedic injection procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints, tendons, and ligaments. Whether you have ligaments or tendons that have been stretched or torn, cartilage that is worn down in your knee, or pain in several joints from overuse or trauma, Prolotherapy has the ability to regenerate collagen tissue to repair the injured tissue. In patients with low back pain, studies have shown a 85% to 95% of patients experience improvement with Prolotherapy (compared to studies showing a 52% improvement with back surgery).
How does it work?
Prolotherapy injectes a solution that causes a mild inflammatory response to encourage the growth of new, normal ligaments, tendon fibers, and cartilage to strengthen the weakened structure
Prolotherapy can treat:
- Elbow Pain - Tennis & Golfer's Elbow
- Hand/Wrist Pain
- Knee Pain
- Low-Back Pain
- Mid-Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder Injuries
- TMJ Pain
What is the solution that is injected?
The substances that are injected to stimulate the healing process are dextrose, local anesthetic, and B vitamins. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can be injected as well.
Is the Prolotherapy treatment painful?
According to the structure or joint treated, the pain will vary with each injection. There will be temporary swelling, stiffness, and achiness that can be reduced by taking Tylenol. Ibuprofen or aspirin are not encouraged for pain relief due to their action in inhibiting the healing process stimulated by the Prolotherapy injections.