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Prolotherapy is a series of simple injections used to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain. It stimulates the body’s natural healing process to repair damaged and degenerated tissues. New fibrous tissue is created resulting in increased activity level and strengthening of the effected area.


What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is an Injection therapy that makes use of the body’s natural responses to injury to relieve pain and promote healing. This process essentially triggers the release of growth factors and a healing response to improve pain and function in the tendon and ligament pathology. Also known as proliferative or regenerative therapy, it has proven to be very useful in treatment of stiff joints and muscle pains. The best part is that it is minimally invasive and eliminates the need to rely on painkillers or even surgery.  The safe and quick mode of action is responsible for its widespread popularity and ensures that athletes and non-athletes are back on their feet in no time.


What conditions can Prolotherapy treat?

Prolotherapy can be used to treat any number of orthopedic conditions including:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • SI Joint Dysfunction

  • Tendonitis

  • Ligament Injury

  • Overuse Injury

  • Chronic Lower Back Pain

  • Ligament Laxity

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Muscle & Joint Injury


How is Prolotherapy performed?

With Prolotherapy, a special solution is injected into the joint space or injured tendon. Prolotherapy is performed in the office using ultrasound guidance to ensure the prolotherapy is placed into the injured tendon or joint.  We use musculoskeletal ultrasound to identify the injured tendon, ligament or joint. Ultrasound is then used to guide the needle for the injection.

Depending on the condition and the extent of injury, the injections are given every 2 to 6 weeks over 3 to 5 sessions.


What are the Risks?

Often, the side effects experienced are because of poor application and not the solution itself. Reported side effects have been quite mild and rare.  As the recipient of this treatment, the best way to avoid these side effects is by ensuring that you work with formally trained experts. It is also important to avoid the treatment if the joint or tendon in question is already inflamed because of local infection or trauma such as fractures.


Is this procedure uncomfortable?

Prolotherapy injections are performed under local anesthesia with numbing medication. Patients typically do not feel pain when injecting a tendon or joint. Mild to moderate swelling or soreness can occur at the injection site and these effects typically resolve within a few days to a week.

Ask for a consultation to see if Prolotherapy is right for you.

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