Prolotherapy FAQ


If you have questions about prolotherapy or are considering it as a pain treatment option, call 480-839-4131 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Bird. During your consultation, Dr. Bird will be able to discuss the specifics of your pain and if prolotherapy is the right fit for you. Call now!

What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy involves the precision injection of an irritating solution that creates a localized inflammatory reaction where tendons and ligaments attach to bone (cartilage can also be treated). This causes the attachment areas to become much stronger, thereby reducing pain and improving joint function, allowing a return to pain-free activity.

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How long does it take to heal?
Depending on one’s individual health, the healing and regeneration process may take anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks to a few months. This is a relatively short time period compared to a lifetime of pain and disability. As the tissue grows stronger, pain is resolved and function improves.

How many prolotherapy treatments does it take?
This depends on the exact nature of the injury. Some people experience a quick resolution of symptoms after one or two treatments, but on average it requires 3 to 5 sessions separated by 3-5 week intervals.

How does prolotherapy differ from cortisone injections?
Injecting cortisone for any injury has fallen out of favor among physicians, mainly because cortisone was found to actually weaken and lead to further damage in the affected area. Prolotherapy strengthens the damaged tissue and assists with healing.

Who is an ideal candidate for prolotherapy?
A person who has localized joint pain or who have recently suffered an injury will typically benefit from prolotherapy. Prolotherapy works by activating the body’s healing mechanisms at the site of injection. Because of this, it is important for a person to be in good health so the body is able to begin the healing process. Prolotherapy is not a quick fix; the body must be given time (weeks to months) to complete the healing process, therefore one must be patient and committed to allowing the healing to take place and for the pain to resolve.

Why haven't I heard of prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy has been around since the 1940s when George S. Hackett, MD, pioneered it. Prolotherapy is considered a form of preventive medicine and doctors must seek out continuing education opportunities to become proficient in it. Interest in prolotherapy continues to grow rapidly; more and more doctors are learning this valuable technique because it is highly effective and is relatively low in cost in comparison to surgery.

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Schedule a Free Consultation about Managing Pain and Prolotherapy

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.

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