Stimulate your body’s natural ability to heal.
Prolotherapy is an innovative injection technique with the intent to repair connective tissue (ligament, tendon or cartilage) and promote growth of normal cells. Prolotherapy relieves pain by stimulating your body’s ability to heal itself, directly impacting the underlying condition causing that pain. In contrast to many medical treatments that may provide only temporary benefits, this safe, proven treatment offers long term relief.
Performed in the office, prolotherapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, without general anesthesia or hospital stays, and without a prolonged recovery period. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.
How Does Prolotherapy Work?
Prolotherapy works by stimulating a brief period of injury to produce growth factors. Prolotherapy solutions include homeopathics and ozone which creates the inflammatory signal that cause a more vigorous growth response. This is the same type of inflammation that the body uses to repair itself following an injury. However, with prolotherapy, there is no significant injury because there is no actual stretching or tearing of fibers. The body then begins a repair process, which allows the structure to become stronger and tighter rather than first becoming weaker and looser.
Effective treatment usually takes between 3 and 6 treatments. Treatments are given approximately every other week to once a month. There is no limit to the number of treatments that may be given, as long as improvement continues to be seen. There is also no increase in risk factors with subsequent treatments.
Prolotherapy is extremely safe, and while there are risks to any injection procedure, the risks are minimal.
What Common Problems Are Treated?
- Joint instability, including the knee, shoulder, wrist, ankle, hip and other joints
- Chronic sports injuries
- Chronic or recurrent tendinitis, such as Tennis elbow, partial rotator cuff tears, Achilles tendinitis or patellar tendinitis.
- Chronic or recurrent sprains & strains of the ligaments and tendons
- Whiplash injuries
- Chronic back pain
What Are The Expected Results?
Initially, mild but temporary swelling and stiffness may occur. Some patients see noticeable improvement after the first sessions are completed, while others realize increasing improvement on each successive visit. Research studies show that over 80 percent of people treated with prolotherapy report a good or excellent result. Not only do they enjoy simple pleasures again – a good night’s sleep, sitting through a movie, taking a walk – but many also return to aggressive physical activities.