The information on this website is for educational purposes only. Do not act or rely upon the information on this website without seeking independent professional medical advice.  Prolotherapy is a medical technique. As with any medical technique, results will vary among individuals, and there is no guarantee that you will receive the same outcome as patient reports here. Prolotherapy injections may not work for you and as with all medical procedures there are risks involved. These risks should be discussed with a qualified health care professional prior to any treatment so that you have proper informed consent and understand that there are no guarantees to healing.

The shoulder is a complex series of joints that provide an extraordinary range of motion. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder. These muscles and tendons hold the arm in its "ball and socket" joint and are involved in essentially all shoulder motions. Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common causes of chronic shoulder pain and disability of the upper body. Shoulder injuries from chronic overuse are also common. Small tears of the rotator cuff may even be produced in the young athlete or laborer from repetitive use. With repeated trauma and advancing age tendons, such as the rotator cuff, undergo degeneration. This is most severe near where the tendon inserts on the bone.

Many authors agree that the rotator cuff is the source of the majority of all shoulder pain and that the throwing motion or “overhead” work are often the cause. In diagnosing musculoskeletal injuries, detection of rotator cuff injury by MRI alone can be misleading and should never take the place of a good history and physical examination and correlated to a patients' pain. Musculoskeletal ultrasound has emerged as an effective non-invasive, cost-effective approach with an accuracy of 85% to 90% in diagnosing rotator cuff tears, with an accuracy rate similar to MRI and the advantage of real time imaging, use of motion to see otherwise undetectable tears, and on site correlation to a patients' area of complaint. Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy have been shown to be effective in the treatment of shoulder injuries and pain.

 

MEDICAL PUBLICATIONS
Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy for Rotator Cuff Tear
Practical Pain Management Journal, September 2012
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A Retrospective Study on Hackett-Hemwall Dextrose Prolotherapy for Chronic Shoulder Pain at an Outpatient Charity Clinic in Illinois
Journal of Prolotherapy, November 2009
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PATIENT SUCCESS STORIES
"Dear Dr. Alderman and Staff: When I came to you for help I was hardly able to move my left shoulder. I was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff as well as suffering from tendonitis in both my knees. I was told by surgeons I had no chance of healing without surgery on my shoulder."
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"I figured my rotator cuff was torn and it would be hurting forever… After Prolotherapy my shoulder feels 95% better"
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"When I came to you for help I was hardly able to move my left shoulder. I was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff... I was told by surgeons I had no chance of healing without surgery on my shoulder... Now (after PRP) I am back to training as hard as I ever did"

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"I am back to working out 5 to 6 times per week!"
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"My shoulder was frozen - It's fixed! There's full range of motion now!"
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"I can throw a ball with my son, do pushups, and all of those little things that used to hurt everyday no longer hurt me."
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"My shoulders are completely healed. I am now able to do complete shoulder workouts."
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"I was told not to play any more by a sport doctor... My shoulder is now almost 100% and I am back playing volleyball."
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"I was having extreme pain in my shoulder while pitching.  Since Prolotherapy I have had less and less pain in my shoulder and am now pain free."
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"My shoulder was totally torn and unusable."
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"I was in constant shoulder pain... After six treatments my shoulder has stabilized and I am able to lift 100%."
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"Since doing Prolotherapy the pain in my shoulder is almost completely gone."
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"A-C separated right shoulder with much pain & discomfort… Back to full range of motion, 95% strength, pitching softball."
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"My shoulder was bothering me. I had pain when lifting heavy objects... It is now back to full function."
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"Severe shoulder pain. Conventional doctors recommended only surgery as a solution... After 5 treatments I am completely pain free."
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