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Updated: 01-Apr-2011

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Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment used to strengthen and tighten the ligaments and tendons that hold bones and muscles in place. Through a series of injections that stimulate the body's natural healing response, prolotherapy restores proper joint alignment and relieves pressure on sensitive tissues. The end result is dramatic and lasting pain relief.

Prolotherapy relieves musculoskeletal pain by addressing it at the source: weakness in the ligaments and tendons. Ligaments and tendons are fibrous bands of tissue that connect bone to bone or bone to muscle. They are the stabilizers of the musculoskeletal system. As long as they are strong and tight, they keep bones, joints, and muscles in place and moving smoothly.

However, when the ligaments and tendons become injured, weak, or loose, these other structures become unstable and move out of position. The resulting misalignment impinges on nerves and blood vessels, damaging tissues and causing pain. Lasting relief can only be obtained by restoring the proper alignment to these structures and taking the pressure off sensitive tissues.

How Does Prolotherapy Work?

Prolotherapy involves injections of a mildly irritating solution into the painful area. The irritant, usually a dextrose (sugar) solution, triggers the body's natural healing response and causes the proliferation of new collagen fibers, which are the building blocks of ligaments and tendons. As tissue growth continues, the ligaments and tendons become thicker and stronger, regaining their ability to stabilize the joint and take the pressure off senstive nerve endings.

Conditions treated with Prolotherapy
'Prolo' is used to treat an array of injuries, painful conditions, and diseases. A few examples of conditions treated with OMM include:

  • Low back pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sacroiliitis
  • and many others

Does Insurance Pay for Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is currently a non-covered service for Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and most commercial insurance companies. For this reason, prolotherapy injections are a self-pay procedure. Please contact our office for more information.

 

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