Prolotherapy Treatment Overview

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.

Prolotherapy has been utilized since 195O's by Dr. Hemwall and Dr. Hackett who are considered the founding fathers of this treatment. It involves injection of a non-irritant solution such as dextrose and a local anesthetic such as 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 Prolotherapy

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
  • Natural, Safe, Effective treatment

Prolotherapy FAQs

How long does Prolotherapy take?

The procedure usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes. Under ultrasound guidance using universal sterile precautions, the solution is injected into the affected body part. Patients are discharged from the off 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 patient's to continue their usual medications and speak to their provider for specific questions. The contraindications to this procedure are infection of the injury site, cellulitis of the skin, routine use of blood thinners, and prior history of allergic response to local anesthetics and dextrose solution.

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.

Does my insurance company cover Prolotherapy treatment?

Most insurance companies now cover this treatment because it potentially could avoid the need for a major surgery. Our staff will help you to determine whether or not this treatment is covered under your insurance plan prior to scheduling the procedure.


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