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  • Writer's pictureDr. Sheldon Bjorgaard, ND

Prolotherapy for Pain Management

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy, is a minimally invasive injection therapy that targets damaged ligaments, tendons and joints in order to stimulate tissue healing. The practice was popularized by Dr. George Hackett, MD, a general surgeon who found that prolotherapy provided impressive, results for patients with chronic injuries. In some cases, prolotherapy can be used as an alternative to surgical procedures.

How Does it Work?

Joint injuries can result in instability and pain when ligaments or tendon attachments are stretched or torn. Prolotherapy works by promoting a controlled inflammatory reaction at the site of injured or damaged tissue which stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms, and also has a pain-relieving effect by slowing nerve conduction in pain nerve fibers. The entire process speeds healing time and decreases pain intensity.

Is Prolotherapy right for me?

Prolotherapy can be used to successfully treat a wide variety of conditions, including joint sprains, arthritis, loose and unstable joints, sports injuries, tendonitis, and more. A thorough physical exam and review of any imaging reports will help your doctor decide if prolotherapy is right for you.

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