What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is also known as “proliferation therapy,” “regenerative injection therapy,” or “proliferative injection therapy”. It involves injecting dextrose and an anesthetic such as lidocaine into joint, tendons and ligaments.

How does Prolotherapy work?

Dextrose Prolotherapy is the original form of Prolotherapy originating in the 1930’s.  Concentrated dextrose (sugar water) or saline (salt water) or other natural substances, are used as an irritant to stimulate a mild inflammation which “tricks” the body into thinking the area is injured and to begin healing again.  Dextrose Prolotherapy raises growth factor levels or effectiveness to promote tissue repair, reducing or eliminating musculoskeletal pain.

What does Prolotherapy Treat?


PT has been shown effective in treating many musculoskeletal conditions – such as tendinopathies, ligament sprains, back and neck pain, tennis/golfers elbow, ankle pain, joint laxity and instability, plantar fasciitis, shoulder, knee pain and other joint pain.

What to expect during and after a treatment?

During treatment the skin will be numbed to help with the discomfort of the injection. After a treatment, some patients feel stiffness for a short while, which can last up to 24 hours, or occasionally more. Some patients are immediately “healed” while many feel nothing during the first week after their procedure.

How many treatments will I need?

An average of 3-6 treatments will be required per area. Some people need as little as 2 sessions other more chronic conditions may need as many as 8.