A regenerative injection technique that utilizes a natural substance, dextrose, that promotes the body to release growth factors. This reduces pain, stabilizes and strengthens joints, repairs and strengthens tendons and ligaments, promotes cartilage deposition.
- Acute joint injuries
- Chronic joint pain
- Torn meniscus
- Sprained ankles
- Rotator cuff injuries/tears
- Labral tears (shoulder/hip)
- Degenerative joints
- Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
- Unstable joints
- Ligamentous laxity
How long does it last?
Pain is often complex and multifactorial. The underlying cause of the pain generator must be addressed, along with contributing factors such as muscle tone, imbalanced hormones, diet, lifestyle, etc. Prolotherapy can lead to a significant reduction in pain for a long period of time.
How many treatments are required?
The response to treatment varies on the patient and their own health and healing. Some patients report a decrease in pain shortly after the initial treatment. Pain typically returns 2-3 weeks later. After each series of injections, it takes longer for the pain to return, until eventually the pain resolves.
A series of 4-6 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart is needed.
What are the side effects and risks involved?
If proper aftercare is followed this procedure is associated with little to no risks or side effects. Extreme care is taken to clean your skin prior to the procedure. There is usually a 24-48 hour window of post-injection discomfort, but it can last up to 14 days. Avoid submerging injected joint in water the 3 days post-procedure. Avoid strenuous exercise, sports, anti-inflammatory medication, icing, and overstretching for 14 days after the procedure.
Can anyone get this procedure?
This treatment should not be used on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.