What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy (short for proliferative therapy) are injections
of specially formulated solutions into joints that have sustained
damage, either chronic or recent injury. These injections can often
avoid needing more inva
How does Prolotherapy Work?
Prolotherapy works by triggering the body's healing response
to come into the joint and heal damaged tissues. It does this
by improving blood flow to the joint and stimulating a healing inflammatory process - yes, some inflammation is good inflammation!
What is in the Prolotherapy Solution?
Our prolotherapy solutions at our office are a solution using dextrose, procaine/lidocaine, and added B12 if indicated.
Is the Treatment Painful? What are the Side Effects?
The injection itself may be painful initially and may increase inflammation in the joint temporarily (remember this is how the therapy works!) but then the inflammation subsides and healing begins! Temporary pain management using therapies like acetaminophen can help to manage the temporary increase. Anti-inflammatory treatments like ibuprofen/naproxen are not recommended as they can damper the healing inflammatory effect.
What kind of conditions can prolotherapy treat?
Any kind of joint instability including tendon laxity, chronic rolled ankles, MCL/LCL/ACL/PCL tendon issues in the knee, meniscus tears, cartilage degeneration, rotator cuff tendon issues, osteoarthritis, and many more!
What kind of conditions does prolotherapy NOT treat?
*Inflammatory arthritis like infectious arthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis are not good candidates for prolotherapy
*Anyone on immunosuppressive medications or daily prednisone (short term past history okay).
*Recent history of cortisone injections.
Have more questions or want to schedule a consult?
Call us at (541) 851-9320 for more information!
We also welcome referrals from other healthcare providers, please fax us at (541) 851-9322. Copies of imaging reports/films appreciated when available.
Want to learn more? Here are some research studies showing the benefits of prolotherapy:
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