How does Prolotherapy work?
The dextrose acts as an irritant to the tissues which sets off a temporary controlled inflammatory cascade that is localized to the ligaments, tendons, and joint capsule. This cascade stimulates blood flow, increases growth factors that synthesize precursors to joint collagen, and promotes remodeling of the soft tissue surrounding the joint structure.
Does Prolotherapy hurt?
Since prolotherapy is an injection procedure, there is mild pain approximating that felt on a skin pinch. However, small gauge (diameter) needles are used and the number of injections are kept to a minimum. When the solution is injected into the joint there is often a sensation of pressure. However, once patients have undergone successful treatment, they often remark that the pain was much less than they had anticipated.
Is Prolotherapy safe?
Yes. Prolotherapy was developed in the 1930’s and has been administered safely to hundreds of thousands of patients by MDs, DOs and NDs. However, since this is an injection procedure, prolotherapy has the same inherent risks of any medical procedure using needles. These risks are kept to a minimum by adhering to standard sterility and needling techniques. If you have concerns, please discuss with Dr. Wilkinson.