Prolotherapy means proliferative therapy. Prolotherapy stimulates the body to heal itself through the activation of stem cells.
Prolotherapy is extremely effective in stabilizing joints that have become overworked and loose overtime, leading to arthritis, chronic pain, and injury – kind of like tightening a loose bolt on a wheel of a car.
Prolotherapy has been around since the early 50’s and used by many doctors around the world to successfully treat and prevent joint injury and dysfunction.
Prolotherapy is a well studied and highly effective solution to treat chronic pain and injury.
Our Doctors are highly experienced in prolotherapy and trained by the Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation, the pioneers of Prolotherapy.
We know and understand you have questions and concerns about prolotherapy – pain, effectiveness, side effects, and more.
And we are here to answer them.
The most common is dextrose (sugar water). It provides a safe, economic, and effective irritant, and does not affect blood sugar levels. Most practitioners choose to use this alone. Others may be chosen.
A more advanced option is platelet rich plasma. Harvested from the patient, it is manually processed to isolate the platelets. It offers a safe and easy treatment while being faster, but may be more painful. However, it can speed up the healing process and shorten the number of treatments required.
Soreness and/or bruising for 1-2 days at the injection area is normal. Hot and cold compresses may be used to help with the inflammation. Traumeel cream or a deep heat like Tiger Balm can also be used if some additional relief is needed.
Natural anti-inflammatories are fine and will help with the healing process. Use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatories should be avoided 2 days before and after the treatment, or at all costs if possible.
Inflammation is crucial for healing. If you take away inflammation, you take away healing. While it is true that too much inflammation can be harmful, the right amount is crucial to survival.
The number of injections will vary depending on the individual and the extent of damage to the joint. Some need only one to four, others require six or more.
In order to align the new collagen correctly with the existing ligament tissues, it is very important for the structure to heal in the presence of movement. As such, gentle walking is recommended after treatment to protect the ligament from forming adhesions to neighboring structures and increase correct formation of the new collagen.
Prolotherapy can be combined with theraputic ultrasound, acupuncture, physical therapy, and nutritional supplements to obtain the best results.
Not every patient experiences pain with the injection. Most treatments will apply an anesthetic before and/or during the injection to minimize pain. The first visits’ injections may be more painful. After the anesthetic wears off, it is unlikely the joint pain will be worse than prior to treatment.
Inflammation is crucial to the healing process and a natural reaction of the body. To handle this, refer to the second question on side effects.
Patients with the following conditions can benefit from treatment:
- Joint Osteoarthritis (spine, hips, shoulders, hands, wrists, elbows, knees, feet)
- Yoga overstretch injuries
- Unstable shoulder joints
- Pain syndromes (i.e. Fibromyalgia, Sciatica)
- Frozen shoulder
- TMJ (temporomandibular) disorder
- Sports injuries
- Herniated disks and torn ligaments
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