Prolotherapy is an effective treatment to target various pain generating disorders which includes joint sprains, tendon injuries, arthritis of major joints, neck, and low back pain. It involves injection of a non-irritant solution (dextrose) and a local anesthetic (lidocaine) into the body with the purpose of strengthening weakened tissue and alleviating pain. The injected solution theoretically washes away the “bad” inflammatory markers causing pain and promotes healing in a natural way by utilizing body’s innate healing mechanism.
Prolotherapy is a non-surgical treatment that is safely performed in an office setting without the need for sedation or anesthesia.
Benefits of treating acute and chronic pain with Prolotherapy may include:
- Pain relief from underlying injury
- Avoidance of a major surgery
- Improved quality of life and increased ability to perform activities of daily living
- Reduced need for oral medications for pain and avoidance of side effects such as nausea, vomiting, sedation, and constipation
How long does Prolotherapy take?
The procedure usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes. Under ultrasound guidance, the solution is injected into the affected body part. Patients are discharged from the office the same day and may resume their normal activities and return to work.
Do I have to take special precautions for this procedure?
No. We recommend patients to continue their usual medications and speak to their provider for specific questions.
How many treatments do I need?
In general, most patients require 4-6 treatments to have the maximum benefit from this therapy. These treatments are performed 2 weeks apart. It is also possible that patients may feel better after the first few treatments and the subsequent treatments are performed only if absolutely needed.