The increasing prevalence of muskuloskeletal and chronic pain conditions has led to an interest in nonsurgical solutions. Prolotherapy is one of these, and has the benefit of having lower risk and a shorter recovery time than surgery. Dr. Alex Del Duca, Naturopathic Doctor has taken the necessary post graduate training to be offering Prolotherapy at our First Avenue location.
Prolotherapy, also known as regenerative injection therapy, sclerotherapy, and proliferative therapy, is an orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s healing process by injecting a dextrose solution into the damaged tissue. Prolotherapy induces increased blood flow to the damaged area, which can help regenerate new tissue and stimulate cell growth and differentiation. This regeneration of new tissues is used to repair weakened tissues (ligament, tendon, cartilage, muscle) and decrease pain.
What type of tissue are typically treated?
Ligaments, joints, tendons, joint capsules and cartilage are all types of tissue that can benefit from Prolotherapy.
What’s the rate of success in treatment?
The anticipated rate of success depends on a number of variables. These variables include disease, patient compliance, and technique. Research on benefits range from a 50-80% success rate in reducing pain and improving function with Prolotherapy.
What side effects can I expect?
Side effects of prolotherapy injections may include temporary soreness, stiffness, and occasional bruising around the injection site. Depending on the agent used, patients may experience flushing or warmth, in addition to localized pressure at the site of injection. Symptoms usually resolve after 24-48 hours. Use Tylenol post injection to decrease pain. In addition, ice applied to the area can be beneficial. Dr.Del Duca will also provide you with a personalized post injection care handout.