What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a non-surgical, injection-based treatment which stimulates the healing process to help regenerate damaged tissue. It is especially useful to strengthen ligaments and tendons in areas where increased strength of these tissues is required – such as joints.

How does it work?

It is performed by injecting a small volume of an irritant substance (ex. Dextrose) at the site of the damaged tissue. This creates a controlled inflammation which accelerates your body’s own healing process and produces dense fibrous tissue to strengthen the ligaments, tendons, muscle or joint capsules.

How is it performed?

Prolotherapy injections at Kaizen Medical are performed under ultrasound guidance. This ensures that the solution is injected at the damaged site where it is needed and will be utilized the most.

How does it compare to corticosteroid injections?

Corticosteroid injections completely block the body’s inflammatory response. This does not allow the body’s healing mechanisms to continue. This is why the corticosteroid injections can help with the pain and produce short term effects, whereas prolotherapy aims to produce significant long-term benefits.

What conditions can prolotherapy be used for?

A number of studies and randomized controlled trials have reported the benefits of prolotherapy for various conditions. Some of these can include rotator cuff tendonitis or tears, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, knee osteoarthritis, achillis tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.

Risks of prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is an extremely safe procedure, with some adverse effects including bleeding and pain at the site of injection.

What are the goals of therapy?

  • Decreasing pain associated with damaged tendons or ligaments
  • Imrpoving strength and function
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