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.

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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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