Reviewed by Dr. Scott Maymon, ND, NPH, and Dr. Sarah Stone, ND.

In recent years, the quest for effective, non-invasive methods to treat various musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain has gained momentum. One treatment option that has emerged as a promising contender in this field is prolotherapy.

If you’re seeking relief from joint pain, tendon injuries, or degenerative disc disease, prolotherapy might be the answer.

In this blog post, we’ll explore prolotherapy and discuss the process of getting it, the benefits, risks, and effectiveness. 

We’ll also guide you on how to choose the ideal prolotherapy injection and how Pure Body Health can help you in your journey towards a pain-free life.

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy, short for proliferative therapy, is a regenerative injection therapy aimed at stimulating the body’s natural healing process by injecting a substance, commonly dextrose, into the affected joints or connective tissues.

Essentially, the injected substance causes a controlled inflammation, which in turn triggers the body’s immune system to produce new, healthy tissue and collagen. This helps strengthen the damaged area, restoring stability and reducing pain.

Prolotherapy injections have been used to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal pain and joint instability issues, including but not limited to:

  • Prolotherapy for neck pain
  • Prolotherapy for sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Prolotherapy for degenerative disc disease
  • Prolotherapy for migraines
  • Prolotherapy for hip pain
  • Prolotherapy for shoulder pain

Key Takeaway

Prolotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for various musculoskeletal conditions, promoting natural healing and long-lasting relief from pain. For optimal results, consult with the trusted professionals at Pure Body Health.

Benefits and Efficacy of Prolotherapy

When administered by skilled practitioners, prolotherapy has been proven effective in diminishing pain and enhancing joint function.

While the efficacy of prolotherapy may vary depending on the individual and the severity of their condition, many patients have reported significant improvements in their quality of life after undergoing treatment.

Some additional benefits of prolotherapy include:

  • A non-invasive alternative to surgery
  • Activation of the body’s natural healing process
  • Long-term effects, as it addresses the root cause of pain
  • Reduction of reliance on pain medications

Choosing the Right Regenerative Injection for You

While prolotherapy injections are the most common form of regenerative injections, other variations exist to cater to the specific needs of different patients. These may include:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): This method involves using the patient’s own platelets to promote tissue repair and growth. PRP injections are especially suitable for patients with tendon injuries or severe joint pain.
  • Growth factors from stem cells: Stem cell therapy is a rapidly evolving field in regenerative medicine and has shown promising results in treating various musculoskeletal conditions. Growth factors derived from stem cells can be used as a regenerative injection to promote new tissue growth and repair damaged tissues.

Procedure Details

The process of administering prolotherapy varies depending on the area being treated. As an example, we will describe the procedure details for prolotherapy in the intra-articular joint. Here is a general overview of the process:

  1. Patient preparation: You will be positioned comfortably, seated or lying supine with the knee bent to 90 degrees. The area around the joint is cleaned and prepped to maintain sterility during the procedure.
  2. Injection: Your doctor then injects the proliferant (commonly a dextrose solution) into the joint. This injection encourages mild inflammation, triggering the body’s healing response.
  3. Post-procedural care: Following the injection, you can resume normal daily activities. We encourage light to moderate physical activity to help promote stronger connective tissue growth. Limit ice application and avoid anti-inflammatories as they can limit or diminish healing response. The specifics of post-procedure care will be individualized and discussed with you at your appointment.

The number of treatments required can vary based on the individual’s condition and response to therapy. It’s important to note that while prolotherapy promotes natural healing, results may take time to become evident. Therefore, patience and adherence to post-procedural instructions are crucial for successful treatment.

Risks and Post-Treatment Care

Like any medical treatment, prolotherapy carries some potential risks and side effects, including temporary post-injection pain, swelling, and minor bruising.

While these side effects are generally mild and resolve within a few days, it’s essential to follow post-treatment care instructions. 

Although we have never had a severe reaction, patients may experience allergic reactions to the injected substance or an infection at the injection site. Notify us immediately if you experience any severe or prolonged side effects after prolotherapy treatment.

Pure Body Health: Your Partner in Prolotherapy

At Pure Body Health, we understand how chronic pain and musculoskeletal conditions can impact your daily life and hinder your overall well-being. That’s why we offer personalized prolotherapy treatments tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient.

Dr. Sarah Stone and Dr. Scott Maymon will work with you to determine the most suitable prolotherapy injection and develop a comprehensive post-treatment care plan to maximize its effectiveness.

Don’t let pain hold you back any longer. Book a consultation with Pure Body Health today and take the first step towards a pain-free, active lifestyle.

Whether you’re dealing with neck pain, migraines, or joint instability, we’ll help you find relief and regain control of your life with prolotherapy injections. Let us be your partner in achieving optimal health and wellness.

If you are searching for ‘prolotherapy near me’, or ‘who does prolotherapy near me’, we can help. To book an appointment, call (480) 427-0442 or complete the online booking form.

Frequently Asked Questions About Prolotherapy

How Many Prolotherapy Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments needed may vary depending on the individual and their condition. However, most patients require anywhere from 3-6 sessions for optimal results.

Is Prolotherapy Painful?

The injections themselves may cause some mild discomfort, but this is usually temporary. The goal of prolotherapy is to heal damaged connective tissue and reduce pain for a more permanent solution.

Is There Anyone Who Should Not Undergo Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is generally safe for most individuals. However, those with certain medical conditions or on specific medications may not be suitable candidates. It’s essential to discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before undergoing treatment.

How Long Does Prolotherapy Last?

Prolotherapy has long-lasting effects as it addresses the root cause of pain. Many patients experience relief for months or even years after treatment, but periodic maintenance sessions may be necessary for some individuals.

Is Prolotherapy Covered by Insurance?

Prolotherapy may be covered by some insurance plans. It’s best to consult with your insurance provider or healthcare professional for more information specific to your coverage.

Who Does Prolotherapy Near Me?

Pure Body Health offers prolotherapy treatments at our clinic located in Tempe, AZ. Contact us to schedule a consultation and find out if prolotherapy is the right option for you.

Can Prolotherapy Cause Nerve Damage?

We have never seen prolotherapy cause nerve damage with our patients  It is a safe treatment when performed by qualified professionals. 

Can Prolotherapy Help With Arthritis?

Prolotherapy can help with certain types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis. By promoting tissue repair and regeneration, prolotherapy can improve joint function and reduce pain associated with arthritis. However, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if prolotherapy is the right option for your specific type of arthritis.