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Prolotherapy is a technique for treating chronic pain around joints and ligaments. It involves injecting small amounts of a sugar solution into those areas. These injections stimulate the body to repair the painful area.
Prolotherapy is a technique for treating chronic pain around joints and ligaments. It involves injecting small amounts of an irritant, such as a concentrated glucose or sugar solution, into those areas. This causes localized inflammation in the painful structures. As the inflammation resolves, healing occurs which can result in improved stability and decreased pain. These improvements can be maintained long-term after a series of injections.
The Center is involved in ongoing research into the benefits of prolotherapy for many types of musculoskeletal pain conditions including:
Patients who have allergies to the medications to be injected, bleeding or a coagulation disorder, and anticoagulation (for instance, patients taking coumadin).