Prolotherapy, also known as Regenerative injection therapy (RIT), is a safe, in-office injection procedure designed to relieve chronic musculoskeletal pain and stimulate natural healing in injured tissue and joints. Prolotherapy is now being used as an effective alternative to surgery, cortisone injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, and narcotic pain medications for many sports injuries and chronic pain conditions.
Conditions treated by Prolotherapy:
How it works:
Ligaments, tendons and cartilage are common structural tissues that sustain damage during injuries. Unfortunately, those tissues have limited blood supply and therefore, the body is unable to recruit enough repairing cells. This results in inadequate rehabilitation of the injured site and incomplete healing. Prolotherapy injection jump starts healing at the site of injury, which can strengthen and repair the damaged tissue.
–Prolotherapy: dextrose (sugar water), anesthetics (lidocaine or procaine) and other natural compounds (such as B 12) are injected into and around injured sites.
The average number of prolotherapy injections is around 4-6 treatments. Patients usually start to experience pain reduction and stability of the joints after the first 2 treatments and will continue until the pain is completely resolved.
Patients will be able to go home the same day. Patients should avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve or naproxen. In approximately one week’s time, the patient will notice a reduction in pain and stiffness as well as an improvement in the function of the joint. Additional injections may be necessary to ensure the complete healing of the injured site. The number of injections required will vary between individuals.