What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a regenerative treatment that is performed by injecting a sterile solution into connective tissues (ligament, tendons) resulting in a strengthening of the weakened tissues by using the body’s own healing powers. A solution typically containing lidocaine (local anesthetic) and 25% dextrose (an irritant) is injected into the injured or weakened area, stimulating the body to send healing cells to the injection site.

When the cells arrive at the injured area, they cause a localized bruise or inflammatory reaction. This reaction stimulates healing activity that allows the body to form new collagen, creating stronger ligaments and tendons.

Some important things to know about Prolotherapy:

  • Soreness is expected for 1-5 days after the injection and is necessary for the beneficial effects.
  • Inflammation is part of the therapy
    • Therefore, patients are advised not to take anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.
  • Pain relief is slow
    • It’s important to understand that the purpose of the treatment is to strengthen weakened areas. The decrease in pain typically results from the increased stabilization and ability for the muscles to relax. Therapy usually involves a series of injections, frequently 6-8 injections to achieve optimal improvement.

Schedule an Appointment

Prolotherapy is a natural alternative to surgery for many patients. Contact us to see if you are a good candidate for prolotherapy. Our physicians are trained and experienced in prolotherapy and have decades of experience treating patients for chronic and acute pain conditions. Contact us today at one of our Twin Cities stem cell clinics to set up your appointment – (612) 207-7463.

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The health and safety of our patients and our staff at Stem Cell Centers of MN are very important to us. What you need to know.

Stem Cell Centers of MN will remain open and will be offering appointments to our patients. We want to let you know that we are in constant contact with the Minnesota Department of Health, we are staying up-to-date with the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

If you have an upcoming appointment and you are experiencing upper respiratory symptoms, flu-like symptoms travelled internationally within the last two weeks or if you’ve been in contact with those confirmed with the coronavirus, please call the office and reschedule your appointments for a later date. This will help us protect patients and staff that do not experience any symptoms

For your safety, the safety of other patients and the safety of our staff, please limit the number of visitors you bring to the clinic. You will be allowed to bring one support person. We do not recommend bringing children to your appointment. Patients coming into the clinic for an appointment will have their temperature taken before entering our office and a few screening questions will be asked by our medical staff.

We do offer virtual visits. This service will allow us to connect, screen and if appropriate treat you from the comfort of your home.

How it works:

  • Call our office at (612) 987-0775 and speak to staff about scheduling time between 9 am and 4 pm for a virtual visit.
  • The staff member will then email you a link to the website, where you can access the “Virtual Exam Room” via your computer tablet or smartphone.
  • This is a covered service with most insurance companies including Medicare, however, if it is not covered by your plan, then there will be an additional fee.
  • At the scheduled time, you and your provider will access the virtual exam room and conduct your visit.

For information on prevention, symptoms and what to do if you’re feeling sick, please call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920.

Please refer to these links from the CDC for recommendations regarding travel and general guidance at home, school, and the workplace.

Stay safe and Healthy!

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