What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy (Prolo) is an injection therapy that uses a liquid irritant, usually a sugar solution, to stimulate the body’s healing inflammation response to a targeted area.

What conditions can prolotherapy injections treat?

Prolo injections are an ideal alternative to conditions that are also indicated for steroid injections. Many studies show that Prolo injections are more effective in treating a wide range of joint pains than steroid injections. The reduced side effects also make this ideal for chronic pain conditions especially arthritis of all varieties.

What are the treatment benefits of prolotherapy injections?

Not only does Prolo have the ability to relieve pain to the affected joint/tissue, studies show it also has the capacity to regenerate cartilage tissue. This regenerative healing response of the tissues makes this an exceptional option to avoid surgery in many situations.

How are prolotherapy injections administered?

Once positioned comfortably in a chair or on the treatment table, the area to be injected will be cleaned and disinfected. A numbing medication will be injected with a small needle just below the skin. After the area is numb, the sugar solution will be injected into the joint, connective tissue or muscle.

What substances are used for prolotherapy injections?

The most common and well-studied substance is a sugar solution called Dextrose. This sugar solution is irritating enough to the tissue to create a healing response, while also being biocompatible, water soluble substance that our bodies easily recognize and clear.

Are prolotherapy injections covered by insurance?

Typically prolotherapy injections are not covered by insurance. There are rare, limited conditions in which this injection therapy may be covered, so check with your provider for clarification if you feel you may be applicable.

What are the side effects of prolotherapy injections?

Some common side effects at the injection include:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness

Less common side effects include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • lightheadedness
  • Prolonged bleeding