While instant pain relief can be found with various pain medications, those fires usually burn bright and fast and often leave you with more problems than solutions when used over a long-term period. As such, while they are helpful in the short-term, they are not a tenable solution for your long-term health. That said, it can be challenging to find a treatment that truly helps your body find lasting relief from pain without relying on pain relievers. At TRUE Health Medical, we offer various treatments to help your body heal so that you can find long-term relief, including prolotherapy injections, which work by supplementing your body’s innate healing response. Our chiropractors and medical professionals would be delighted to provide you with this service if it interests you!
How long does it take for prolotherapy to work?
While some patients may notice improvements during the first few prolotherapy injections, most patients experience complete results approximately six to eight weeks after the last injection. With that in mind, it typically takes between three and six months from the start of prolotherapy treatment before results fully kick in for most patients. The improvements from prolotherapy depend upon your body healing itself in response to the injection. As a result, progress will likely be gradual and not necessarily in a straight line. Your provider can provide more information on what to expect in the weeks and months after beginning prolotherapy treatment.
What is the success rate of prolotherapy?
Various studies have shown that prolotherapy injections are a highly effective way to treat a broad range of conditions, including Achilles tendinopathy, tennis elbow, knee osteoarthritis, and lower back pain, to name a few. According to these studies, approximately 80 to 90 percent of all patients experience greater than 50 percent pain reduction after completing prolotherapy treatment. As such, while we cannot guarantee complete success from prolotherapy treatment, you are much more likely than not to experience significant improvement with your pain condition!
Other conditions that prolotherapy has shown success in treating include the following:
- Arthritis of the fingers, hips, and knees
- Degenerative disc disease
- Joint dysfunction
- Muscle, ligament, or tendon problems, such as sprains or strains
- Tendonitis, and other repetitive strain injuries
For optimal results from prolotherapy, it is best to stay as active as possible without aggravating your condition and to closely follow all of the post-treatment instructions your provider gives you.
How many prolotherapy treatments are needed?
The number of prolotherapy treatments needed for each patient varies according to the patient’s age, the cause and severity of their condition, and the length of time between the initial injury and when prolotherapy treatment is sought out. With that being said, the amount of prolotherapy treatments patients require ranges from three to six sessions that are spaced out weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Each session can involve anywhere from four to 15 injections in the treatment area in order for the most effective results to be achieved. After treatment, you may experience some stiffness and soreness around the injection site, for which your doctor can prescribe certain muscle relaxants or pain relief medication. The stiffness and soreness should subside within a couple of days.
What is in a prolotherapy injection?
Prolotherapy injections contain an irritant known as dextrose, which is a simple sugar that is chemically identical to glucose (blood sugar). Dextrose is injected into the treatment area where the injury or damage has occurred. While the solution is overall harmless, it causes an irritation in the treatment area, which stimulates your body’s innate healing response, which is to send proteins, amino acids, and nutrients in significant amounts to the treatment area to form new connective tissue. In this way, prolotherapy injections trick your body into healing itself when it has been insufficient in healing degenerated or damaged tissue on its own.