Prolotherapy Non-Surgical Pain Therapy

WHAT IS PROLOTHERAPY

Prolotherapy is an alternative therapy that may help repair body tissues. It is also known as regenerative injection therapy or proliferation therapy. The concept of prolotherapy dates back 60 years ago, according to experts in the field. There are different types of prolotherapy, but they all aim to stimulate the body to repair itself.

Prolotherapy is an in-office injection treatment that research and medical studies have shown to be an effective, trustworthy, reliable alternative to surgical and non-effective conservative care treatments. In our opinion, based on extensive research and clinical results, Prolotherapy is superior to many other treatments in relieving the problems of chronic joint and spine pain and, in getting people back to work and to a happy and active lifestyle.

Dextrose prolotherapy involve injecting dextrose and lignocaine solution into a joint or other part of the body to treat a range of conditions, such as:

  • Tendon, muscle, and ligament injuries

  • Arthritis of the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, and fingers

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Some types of headache

  • Sprains and strains

  • Reduce pain and stiffness

  • Improved strength, function, and mobility of the joint

  • Increase the strength of ligaments and other tissues

The irritants stimulate the body’s natural healing response, leading to the growth of new tissues. People mostly use it to treat tendon injuries resulting from overuse and to tighten unstable joints. It may also relieve pain due to osteoarthritis.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT FOR PROLOTHERAPY

PREPARING FOR PROLOTHERAPY

Before giving prolotherapy, your provider will need to see any diagnostic images, including CT scans, MRI scans and X-rays.

Ask your doctor whether you should stop taking any existing medications before having the treatment.

DURING THE PROLOTHERAPY PROCEDURE

The process should take around 30 minutes, including preparation, after you arrive at the facility. Immediately after treatment, your doctor may apply ice or heat packs to the treated areas for 10–15 minutes. During this time, you will rest. Then you will be able to go home. During the procedure, the provider will:

  • Clean your skin with alcohol

  • Inject the solution in the affected joint

RECOVERING FROM A PROLOTHERAPY PROCEDURE

Immediately after the procedure, you will likely notice some swelling and stiffness. Most people can resume normal activities by the same day, although bruising, discomfort, swelling, and stiffness may continue for up to a week.

COST FOR A PROLOTHERAPY PROCEDURE

Prolotherapy does not have approval from SAHPRA, and most insurance policies will not cover it. The cost depends on your treatment plan. The number of treatments will vary according to individual needs. Treatments are scheduled every 2 weeks.

R400 – one site

R300 – per additional site

Pricing excludes consultation fee.