Prolotherapy, or proliferative therapy, is an exciting treatment for weak, unstable or partially torn ligaments and tendons. If you have chronic shoulder, knee or ankle pain or instability, this treatment is worth considering. Many patients report delaying surgeries or cortisone injections by trying prolotherapy. Prolotherapy has been around since the 1930’s and several studies in the last decade have been encouraging in its effectiveness and safety.
Prolotherapy is considered a regenerative injection technique. It uses a mild solution of saline, sugar water (dextrose) and anaesthetic to trigger the body’s healing mechanisms in the area injected. For example, if a patient has an old rotator cuff injury that never healed well and is causing discomfort or weakness, the injection stimulates the regeneration of the rotator cuff ligaments. With ongoing rehabilitation and strengthening, those ligaments become stronger, stabilizing the shoulder joint and minimizing pain.
The treatment is typically very well tolerated and long-lasting. Most results are seen within 3-6 treatments, spaced 2 weeks apart, though some notice relief after only one treatment. Patients report mild discomfort associated with treatment, that lasts anywhere from a few hours to 3 days on average. Many return to work or exercise the next day.
Your appointment is approximately 1 hour and includes a full assessment of the affected area and treatment. Prolotherapy is not suitable for those with allergies to corn or anaesthetic. For a complimentary meet-and-greet with Dr. Gayle Maguire to discuss if prolotherapy, please call (587)393-3889.