Prolotherapy

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy

We all injure ourselves from time to time, and while an ice pack and pain medication can be very helpful, they are sometimes just not enough. If you suffer from chronic pain or suffer frequent sport injuries, prolotherapy may be the treatment for you.

Prolotherapy (prolo) is a regenerative injection treatment used to cause inflammation and stimulate the healing process to repair damaged areas in the spine and joints. Prolotherapy is considered a viable alternative to surgery, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory injections such as cortisone and other steroids.

To learn more about prolotherapy, call (540) 374-3164 or contact us online today!

What Does Prolotherapy Treat?

Prolotherapy targets tendon, ligament, and cartilage tissue. Ligaments and tendons tend to receive poor blood supply, so when injured, they often do not heal properly. As a result, the injured ligament or tendon becomes weak and painful. Ligament pain can also be an indicator of cartilage damage; cartilage does not have any nerve endings, but the ligaments around the injury will hurt instead.

Prolotherapy injections can eliminate the pain of many chronic conditions and sport injuries, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Neck pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Cartilage damage, including knee meniscus tears
  • Shoulder pain, including rotator cuff tears
  • Foot pain, including plantar fasciitis
  • Elbow pain, including golfer’s or tennis elbow
  • Piriformis syndrome

Prolotherapy Procedure

Prolotherapy injections contain natural substances that stimulate the healing response, as well as local anesthetic agents to ease the pain of the injection. While each injection is tailored to the specific needs of the patient, ingredients can include:

  • Dextrose, a simple sugar from corn
  • Saline, a salt solution
  • Sarapin, a painkiller created from pitcher plants
  • Lidocaine, a painkiller
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a serum of platelets and growth factors derived from the patient’s own blood

Prolotherapy injections promote healing by causing inflammation, the same process that the human body naturally uses to stimulate the healing process. “Prolotherapy” is short for “proliferant therapy,” because the technique involves the injection of a proliferant (a mild irritant solution) that causes an inflammatory response, which in turn activates the healing process.

Prolotherapy Healing Time & Aftercare

The number of prolo shots you will need depends on the type and severity of your injury, though the average is usually 4-6 treatments, one treatment every 3-6 weeks. The end result of prolotherapy injections is the growth of new ligament and tendon tissue.

Level of pain resulting from an injection will vary according to the area being treated. The treatment area may temporarily swell, stiffen, and be sore after the injections. This discomfort only lasts a few days, and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Do not take anti-inflammatory drugs, as they may suppress the desired inflammatory healing process.

Prolotherapy Effectiveness

Due to ongoing tissue growth, the ligaments and tendons produced after prolotherapy are thicker, stronger, and contain fibers of varying thickness. Studies have shown an 85% to 95% improvement in patients with lower back pain after prolo injections. Many studies have also shown that prolotherapy has a high success rate for treating pain and weakness in injured joints.

Request Your Appointment Today!

Though it may not feel pleasant, inflammation is a natural process that can help your body heal. If you are looking for a natural alternative to surgery or pain medication, prolotherapy treatment may be right for you. To make an appointment at Truong Rehabilitation Center, call (540) 374-3164 or contact us online today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Prolotherapy Used For?

Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection treatment that encourages inflammation to heal and reduce the pain of chronic and sport-related tendon and ligament injures, such as tennis elbow, knee meniscus tears and arthritis.

Does Prolotherapy Work?

Yes. Studies have shown an 85% to 95% improvement in patients with lower back pain after prolotherapy treatment. Many studies have also shown that prolotherapy has a high success rate for treating pain and weakness in injured joints.

Is Prolotherapy Covered by Insurance?

Most health insurance policies do not currently cover prolotherapy.

Is Prolotherapy Painful?

Any pain from an injection will vary according to the area being treated. Each injection contains local anesthetic agents to ease the pain of the injection, though the treatment area may be sore for a few days afterwards.

What to Do in the Weeks After Prolotherapy?

The treatment area may temporarily swell, stiffen, and be sore after the injections. This discomfort only lasts a few days, and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Do not take anti-inflammatory drugs, as they may suppress the desired inflammatory healing process.