Prolotherapy Common Questions

Common Questions

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Prolotherapy Common Questions

COMMON QUESTIONS REGARDING PROLOTHERPY

WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD OF PROLOTHERPAY BEFORE?
Answer: Chronic pain is not well understood and prolotherapy is not taught in most medical schools. Unless a doctor has taken the extra training required to be an effective prolotherapy doctor they may not be aware of the beneficial effects of prolotherapy. Furthermore, one procedure may take up to an hour and many clinics cannot afford to take this amount of time for one patient. Also, many doctors and patients want a “quick fix” as provided with medications. Lastly, most insurance companies consider it “investigational” and “alternative”, and usually is not covered.

WHAT SIDE EFFECTS CAN I EXPECT?
Answer: Side effects of prolotherapy injections may include temporary soreness, stiffness and occasional bruising in the injection site. Non-inflammatory, over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol may be taken or prescription non-inflammatory medication can be provided, as needed.

DOES PROLOTHERAPY HURT?
Answer: Dependent upon each patient and their individual condition, the amount of discomfort varies. Normally females are more tolerant to prolotherapy injections than men.

CAN PROLOTHERAPY CURE ALL PAIN?
Answer: Of course not. No single treatment is capable of treating all pain conditions and prololtherpy is not an overnight cure. Prolotherapy results can be enhanced when combined with exercise, restricting activities and balancing hormones.

IS THIS THE SAME AS CORTISONE INJECTIONS?
Answer: NO, NO NO. Cortisone is a steroid and stops the inflammatory process and prevents tissue healing. Cortisone is not part of the prolotherapy injection.For more information read Prolotherapy VS Cortisone.

WHAT SOLUTIONS ARE USED?
Answer: A typical prolotherapy solution consists of Lidocaine (an anesthetic), 50% dextrose (a sugar solution), and methycobalamine (B12). Sodium morrhuate may be added to increase the prolotherapy effects.

IS PROLOTHERPAY SAFE?
Answer: Yes, prolotherapy is very safe when performed by a trained prolotherapy doctor. Sterile procedures are always practiced and each patient’s condition is unique and individualized.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
Answer:The number of treatments will depend upon the severity of the problem and their unique condition. The average person usually receives 4-6 treatments, with some needing more and some needing less treatments. Treatments are normally given every 2-4 weeks apart on a decreasing basis.