Prolotherapy is a safe and minimally invasive treatment for joint and other musculoskeletal pain. At Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics in Boulder and Centennial, Colorado, sports medicine specialists use prolotherapy to treat various musculoskeletal problems, including back pain, tendon injuries, and arthritis. Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics today to schedule a prolotherapy consultation, or book your appointment online.
Prolotherapy is an outpatient procedure that uses injections to kickstart your body’s natural healing process.
During treatment, your Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provider injects a dextrose (sugar) solution into specific places in your body –– like your knee joint or lower spine. When the solution enters your body, it encourages healing at the cellular level, relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and promoting recovery.
The sports medicine specialists at Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics use prolotherapy to treat several musculoskeletal problems, including:
Prolotherapy can also encourage healing after sports injuries, like sprains, strains, and overuse injuries. Prolotherapy isn’t a cure but it can relieve pain and improve mobility.
Prolotherapy typically doesn’t require special preparation. During your initial consultation, let your Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provider know about the medications and supplements you take. Some drugs can interfere with prolotherapy, so your provider might ask you to stop taking them in the days or weeks following your procedure.
Prolotherapy works by speeding up your body’s natural healing process. Injecting dextrose or other irritants into injured tissue triggers your body’s immune and healing responses. It increases blood flow to the area and causes the formation of new, healthy cells and tissue.
To ensure the treatment’s accuracy, your Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provider uses ultrasound imaging to guide the injections. Ultrasound imaging allows them to precisely administer the dextrose solution into the inflamed or damaged areas.
The number of injections you receive will depend on your symptoms and treatment goals, but most people receive 3-6.
After prolotherapy, you can immediately return to work and other regular activities. You might notice mild swelling or bruising at the injection sites, but these symptoms should improve within a day or two.
Because prolotherapy presents few risks, it’s safe to use alongside other treatments. For example, your provider might recommend a combination of prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
It depends. Some people experience immediate relief after one prolotherapy session. Others require several treatments spaced several weeks apart. Follow your provider’s instructions and attend each of your checkups.
Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics today to schedule a prolotherapy appointment, or book your visit online.