PROLOTHERAPY

Prolotherapy involves injections of a dextrose (sugar water) solution into ligament or tendon attachments to bone. This causes the body to create an inflammatory response, which increases blood and nutrient flow to the injured area, stimulating repair of the tissue. Prolotherapy is short for proliferative therapy, meaning that the treatment causes proliferation (growth, formation) to strengthen ligamentous tissue where it was previously weak. The result is tightening of connective tissue which increases joint stability, restores function, and reduces pain. It is an excellent non-surgical regenerative treatment option for many acute and chronic pain conditions. 

Conditions that respond to regenerative injection therapy: 

  • Acute joint injuries

  • Chronic joint pain in active/conditioned people

  • Rotator cuff injuries

  • Labral tears (shoulder / hip)

  • Arthritis

  • Knee pain

  • Torn meniscus

  • Low back pain

  • Sacroiliac joint pain

  • Sprained ankles

  • Tennis or Golfer's elbow

  • Unstable joints / ligament laxity

To determine if prolotherapy is indicated for you, Dr. Dunphy requires a 1-hour initial consultation where she will review your health history, do a physical assessment, and review the procedure. Injections begin at the first follow-up visit and it may take several treatments spaced at 2-4 week intervals to achieve maximum effects

TREATMENT FREQUENCY

4-10 Treatments 2-4 weeks apart depending on area

RESULTS 

Seen within first few treatments

PRE TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS 

No use of anti-inflammatory drugs 3 days

POST CARE

Instructions provided after treatment.

PROCEDURE TIME 

60 minutes

RECOVERY TIME 

Resume regular activities immediately

DOES IT HURT 

Minimal pain, some soreness, redness or tenderness at injection site is common

SIDE EFFECTS 

Redness or soreness at injection site