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Prolotherapy

What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy, or “proliferation therapy” is used to aid in the growth of new connective tissue, particularly to provide strength to ligaments and tendons that may have become weak due to injury or degeneration.

Prolotherapy needles

How does prolotherapy work?

Ligaments form the connective tissue holding bones to bones in joints, while tendons connect muscles to bones. These tissues can become weak or injured and may not return back to their original strength. This is because a limited blood flow to the area often contributes to a slow and incomplete recovery, and this can leave a person in chronic pain. In prolotherapy, a dextrose solution is injected into the injured tissue, generating an inflammatory response in order to increase the flow of blood and nutrients to the area and promote healing.

How long does a prolotherapy treatment take?

Prolotherapy injections take only a few minutes.

Who can benefit from receiving prolotherapy treatments?

Prolotherapy can be used to treat:

  • arthritis
  • back pain and neck pain
  • temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • fibromyalgia
  • sports injuries
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • tendonitis and tendonosis
  • joint laxity
  • partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage
  • degenerated and herniated discs
  • sciatica

How many prolotherapy treatments are needed before I see results?

This can vary from person to person, and it depends on the severity of your condition and how well you respond to the prolotherapy treatment. Some people may see results after just a few prolotherapy treatments, while others may need 10 or more. The average number of prolotherapy treatments is about 4-6.

Are there any side effects/is prolotherapy dangerous?

Prolotherapy is very safe, and the risks are less than long-term use of pain medications. Common side effects may include soreness and bruising at the injection site and temporary stiffness of the area; these usually last only a few days.

Is prolotherapy covered by insurance?

It depends on the carrier and the plan, as well as the type of treatment performed.

To get started with a prolotherapy treatment or to schedule a consultation with a doctor, please call us at (480) 883-7240.

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