Prolotherapy is a form of regenerative injection therapy that uses the injection of a mild irritant to stimulate the body’s healing process and promote the repair of damaged connective tissue. Highly effective for helping old, unhealed injuries as well as conditions like arthritis, prolotherapy can help patients suffering from acute and chronic pain in the back, hips, knees, shoulders, joints, and ligaments experience long-lasting relief without relying on medication or resorting to surgery.
At Regenezone, we believe you shouldn’t have to settle for traditional options if it isn’t working. Dr. Jordan Kopcio and his team have been using regenerative medicine like regenerative injection and tissue regeneration therapy for decades to help people recover from debilitating pain and change their lives. Here, prolotherapy isn’t a trend; it’s a trusted method for helping patients improve how they function on a day-to-day basis so they can get back to doing what they love or even discover new ways to move better.
How Prolotherapy Works
Similar to other regenerative injection therapies, prolotherapy works by stimulating the body’s natural healing process to repair damaged tissue, relieve pain, and improve function. However, several unique aspects of prolotherapy make it an ideal option for different scenarios.
- Unlike PRP, prolotherapy does not require blood to be drawn. Instead of plasma, a mild irritant like a dextrose or saline solution is injected into the area of pain or soreness. The body recognizes the irritant and begins sending cells to the area to start repairing the soft tissue—including nerves, blood vessels, and muscle tissue—in the affected joint or muscle.
- In addition to repairing damaged tissue, prolotherapy “tricks” the body into producing more collagen that will then stabilize the joint. This new collagen increases the overall stability of the joints and helps restore strength, elasticity, and function to the ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and other connective tissues, resulting in stronger tissue integrity, better joint function, and increased range of motion.
Pain in muscles and joints often develops when inflammation from an injury subsides before the area has fully healed. The damaged connective tissues have not properly recovered, causing pain, loss of function, or reduced range of motion. By encouraging a new inflammatory response via injection of the irritant, prolotherapy triggers the body to resume healing and complete the process more thoroughly and effectively. As the body begins to create new, healthy tissue, the area becomes more stable, and the pain and inflammation begin to subside.
The Prolotherapy Procedure
Prolotherapy is a non-surgical outpatient procedure that can be performed right here in the Regenezone office by Dr. Kopcio in about 30 minutes. The area will first be numbed with a local anesthetic, then injected with a safe, natural proliferative agent, such as a solution mix of dextrose (sugar), saline (salt water), and lidocaine (a numbing medication).
Most patients will receive 4-15 injections over six to eight sessions, although some people may require more or less depending on their unique situation. Common side effects of prolotherapy include slight pain, discomfort, soreness, or bruising at the injection site; a full feeling in the joint; or occasional numbness, but these are typically minor and subside within a few days. The majority of prolotherapy patients return to work or regular activities on the same day.
Choosing the Right Provider for Prolotherapy
For maximum safety and efficacy, it’s important to seek prolotherapy from a highly trained practitioner like Dr. Kopcio, who has more than 10 years of experience in regenerative injection therapy. Physicians who have received additional training for modalities like prolotherapy have a more comprehensive understanding of how trauma affects the ligaments, tendons, and joints and can assess and diagnose your condition more accurately to ensure the best care and outcomes possible.
Regenerative medicine specialists like Dr. Kopcio are also familiar with the scientific basis behind regenerative injection therapies, as well as the indications, contraindications, and side effects of various methods. They have ample hands-on experience in safe and effective injection protocols and can provide better post-care and guidance.
At Regenezone, we provide the trusted, proven care to help with permanent pain relief. Masking the symptoms of acute and chronic conditions only degrades the quality of your life, but with regenerative medicine like prolotherapy, Dr. Kopcio and his team can help your body feel and function better than it ever has. Recover faster from surgery or injury, relieve chronic pain, or simply rediscover an active lifestyle with prolotherapy from Regenezone.