Prolotherapy is a unique and well documented approach to treating pain from a variety of causes. The goal of this treatment is to stimulate healing of damaged tendons, ligaments and other tissues. Our body has an amazing capacity to self-heal through inflammation; we experience this as swelling, redness and pain. Unfortunately, our bodies generally stop short of complete healing. The good news is that we can stimulate healing to continue by injecting triggering agents into damaged tissue. By inciting inflammation we can encourage our body to heal tendons, ligaments, bone, skin and more. The procedure involves injecting a dextrose and lidocaine solution into the injured area. A brief period of enhanced pain generally occurs but this is a sign of regeneration taking place.Prolotherapy can be used to treat back pain, pain after surgery, painful scars, tennis or golfer’s elbow, knee and shoulder pain, TMJ, osteoarthritis, tendonitis and ligament injuries.
Prolotherapy is very safe and has few adverse effects. It is important to realize, however, that tissue renewal is a process and a series of injections will be necessary provide adequate sustained results. It is not covered by local insurance plans so it will involve a cash payment based on the complexity of the treatment.