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Joint Health: Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is also known as proliferative therapy/regenerative injection therapy, a type of therapy used to promote proliferation and regeneration of ligaments and tendons. A solution of natural substance dextrose (a type of sugar) usually mixed with saline and lidocaine is used in the injection. This solution is injected into ligaments, tendons, and sometimes joints. This in turn causes a temporary, localized healing inflammatory response which helps repair, regenerate, and strengthen the affected ligaments and tendons. Ligaments connect bones to bones and tendons attach muscles to bones. When either of these attachments becomes weak/injured, the entire joint becomes unstable. When there is instability in joints, there's pain. The longer this instability is in place, the more chronic and likely the greater damage and pain in that joint. Prolotherapy eliminates pain through enhancing strength, stability and endurance of ligaments and tendons so the healing is from deep within and not just a band-aid effect.

Common conditions that benefit from prolotherapy:




  • Arthritis of knees, fingers, feet, wrist, ankles, elbows, shoulders, back
  • Neck pain/back pain
  • Degenerative joint conditions
  • Knee injuries including meniscal injuries, patellar tendinitis
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Rotator cuff shoulder injuries/shoulder pain/weakness
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Injured ligaments/tendons/pain around joints/instability/”clicking” or “grinding sounds in joints
  • Tendonitis including achilles tendonitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Injuries previously or currently treated with cortisone injections without lasting effects

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