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.
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Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment which stimulates healing. Short for “proliferation” therapy, Prolotherapy is also known as nonsurgical ligament and tendon reconstruction, or regenerative injection therapy. Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured musculoskeletal tissue. The treatment originated in the 1930’s when Dr. Earl Gedney, an osteopathic surgeon successfully treated his own severe hand injury. Prolotherapy works by getting the body to use its own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured and painful joint areas. Types of Prolotherapy include Dextrose Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy (Referred to as "PRP") or bone marrow and/or fat (adipose) tissue from an individual’s own body which contain adult stem stromal cells (known as Biocellular Prolotherapy). At the Hemwall Center these multiple types of Prolotherapy are done as needed to achieve the best result. We also use diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging to detect and direct injections to the correct injury site.
The New York Times August 2007: "The technique reactivates the healing process by injecting a mildly irritating substance - commonly a somewhat concentrated sugar solution along with the pain killer lidocaine - into the injured area to stimulate a temporary low-grade inflammation." Click here to read the full article.
The New Age of Prolotherapy, Practical Pain Management, May 2010. “Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, like Prolotherapy, is a method of injection designed to stimulate healing” Click here to read the full article.
Advances in Regenerative Medicine: High-Density Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Prolotherapy for Musculoskeletal Pain. “High Density-PRP Prolotherapy and/ or Stem Cell Prolotherapy can be used as the starting point in more difficult cases” Click here to read the full article.