Prolotherapy is an injection of dextrose solution (sugar water) as opposed to cortisone. It has been available for many years, Chronic and acute pain patients, as well as athletes with sports injuries who are seeking an alternative to surgery, arthroscopy, cortisone shots, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, or pain medications, may choose to consider prolotherapy.

Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair the injured area when the body’s natural healing process is not able to do the job on its own. The basic concept of Prolotherapy is simple. The body heals injuries via inflammation response. Prolotherapy stimulates a mild local inflammatory reaction by injecting dextrose (sugar solution) as a local irritant. This local irritant triggers a ‘healing cascade’ resulting in the deposition of new collagen, the material of which ligaments, tendons, and cartilage are comprised. The typical course is a series of three to five injection at two week intervals, and relatively protecting the injured area from stresses during the healing period. A single injection or two is not effective. Prolotherapy success rates have been high, with few side-effects.

Prolotherapy is not for everyone

Prolotherapy is not indicated for herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Prolotherapy will not work for most torn menisci.

Conditions Responsive to Prolotherapy

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Elbow Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Hip Pain
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Foot Pain
  • Sacroiliac Pain
  • Wrist Pain