PROLOTHERAPY

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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.

 

FAQ

HOW MANY INJECTIONS WILL I NEED?
It is reasonable to expect a significant reduction in pain and increase in function. Some achieve desired results within one or two visits, but most people need anywhere from three to six injections before completing treatment.
WHY ISN’T PROLOTHERAPY WIDELY TALKED ABOUT?
Prolotherapy is seen as a somewhat new treatment although it has been around for about 70 years. Regenerative injection therapy is not taught in medical school so not many doctors are familiar with it. The same goes for PRP therapy and Stem Cell Therapy. Because not many doctors are aware of such treatment options, the most natural thought used to be physical therapy, to jump straight to surgery, or for patients to accept the pain they are feeling. However, regenerative injection therapy may relieve some pain and delay or prevent the surgery that was once thought was needed immediately. proliferation therapy is not a quick fix and multiple treatments may be necessary depending on the condition being treated.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROLOTHERAPY AND STEROID INJECTIONS?
Long-term medical research studies show that cortisone injections weaken tissue and interfere with the healing process. Prolotherapy solutions are called proliferants and cause the ligaments and tendons to be strengthened or lead to cartilage regeneration by stimulating the body's natural healing response.
DOES PROLOTHERAPY REQUIRE ANESTHESIA?
Prolotherapy does not require anesthesia, however, many patients opt for a topical numbing cream to be applied to the area before treatment.

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