Benefits of Prolotherapy


Prolotherapy heals tissue by stimulating repair and regeneration. The solutions used in prolotherapy create inflammation, which is the body’s way of healing damaged tissue. Inflammation increases blood supply and the flow of nutrients. This leads to the creation of new collagen, the protein that makes up ligaments, tendons and cartilage. The result is an increase in strength and thickness of the structures along with stabilization of the joints, thus removing the source of pain. Prolotherapy works on the premise that the majority of pain in the muscle and skeletal system is caused by weak or damaged connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage), most of which is found in and around joints. Connective tissue can become weakened or damaged in a variety of ways, whether through repetitive movement (sports) or through degeneration associated with aging, or just suboptimal health.

Prolotherapy is useful for treating pain throughout the various tissues and joints of the body; the majority of musculoskeletal pain is thought to originate from weakened ligaments and tendons. This is because when these tissues are weak, they are not fully supporting the muscles of the body and therefore the muscles are forced to contract and tighten as a way to take over the job of the connective tissues. After being continually tight, pain, spasm, and disability are the results.

Call 480-839-4131 or use the consultation request form located throughout the site to schedule your free consultation about prolotherapy and pain management treatment options.

Proper Healing

Standard medical care for the majority of sports injuries can involve rehabilitation, physical therapy, steroid injections or even NSAID’s, (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Rehab and physical therapy offer great benefits and contribute to overall healing. NSAIDS and steroid injections only treat the symptoms (pain) and often have unwanted side effects with negative long term results; they do nothing to address the actual cause of the pain, which is often a weakened ligament or tendon. What people fail to realize is that NSAID’s and steroids inhibit the repair and regeneration of cartilage. Did your doctor happen to mention that to you?

Proper healing occurs when the correct healing environment is provided for the body. This can involve prolotherapy to stimulate joint repair, nutritional support to provide the body with the necessary raw materials to do its job, physical therapy in some cases and exercise. All of this ensures proper functioning and support of all the bodily tissues.

Returning to Activity after Prolotherapy

Typically, one will be sore in the days after receiving prolotherapy. This is because we have created spots of inflammation in the tissue that leads to a transient increase in pain. There are several ways of addressing this pain; gentle massage, heat and pain relievers are all effective. If one is in considerable pain that prevents them from going about daily activities, stronger pain medications (not anti-inflammatory!) may be used. It is important to remember that we do not want you to take any anti-inflammatory medications; this will antagonize the healing process!

Many people want to know when they can return to their activity; this depends on the severity of the injury and the extent of treatment. In general however, we do want people to get on their feet and get their body moving. As a rule, one should not exercise vigorously in the few days after receiving prolotherapy, but light exercise is encouraged as the patient feels ready. Follow-ups are recommended to ensure that proper healing is taking place, and to monitor the progression of recovery.

Schedule Your Free Prolotherapy Consultation

Call 480-839-4131 or use the consultation request form located throughout the site to schedule your free consultation about prolotherapy and pain management treatment options.

We serve patients in the Phoenix AZ area including Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Peoria, Glendale, Avondale and Fountain Hills. All patients always work directly with one of our licensed physicians to ensure patient safety and confidentiality.