Prolotherapy is an injection technique that proliferates your body’s own natural tissue. It works on the ligaments and tendons that hold bones together. When they become weak from overuse or injury, pain can result. Prolotherapy uses a solution composed natural nutrients for the tendons and ligament along with a gentle anesthetic. This solution is injected into the ligament or tendon at the point of attachment to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas, which stimulates tissue repair and stabilizes the area. The following are questions frequently asked about RIT.
1. What is the Healing Process? After Prolotherapy, the patient may be a little sore for a day or so, but this usually goes away. The injection process is repeated every 2-6 weeks. Patients should not expect results in pain reduction for about 2-6 weeks. The good thing about prolotherapy is that the results are more of a permanent nature.
2. How many Treatments does it require? The average number of treatments needed to reduce pain by at least 50% varies per case. Many patients get to their goal of 50% better within one treatment. However, prolotherapy may take 3-5 treatments for success in some.
3. What is Prolotherapy Used to Treat? This form of therapy is a great choice for those who experience little improvement with physical therapy and who want to avoid surgery. RIT is minimally invasive and very effective at eliminating pain. The treatment is excellent for many different types of musculoskeletal pain including:
|Tennis or Golf Elbow||Carpal Tunnel syndrome||Arthritis||Sports Injuries|
|Degenerative Joint Disease||Torn tendons/ligaments||Migraines||Whiplash injury|
|Knee/Ankle/Foot Injuries||Tendonitis/Bursitis||Sciatica||Chronic Pain|
|Muscular Dystrophy & Ehler Danlos||Degenerated/bulging/herniated discs||TMJ||Shoulder Pain|
|Barre-Lieou Syndrome||Cluster Headaches||Wrist Pain||Rotator Cuff Tear|
|Torn Cartilage Injury||Back and Neck Pain||Heel Spurs||Plantar Fasciitis|
Prolotherapy has been around for over 40 years. Dr. Lovegrove started utilizing this technique in 1999 after his own chronic neck pain was cured from 2 sessions of prolotherapy. He had suffered with chronic headaches with associated dizziness (Barre-Lieou Syndrome) for six months and saw multiple specialists without any improvement. Dr. Lovegrove was so inspired from this healing that he learned the art of prolotherapy and has provided it in his practice since 1999. Dr. Lovegrove worked with Dr. Ross Hauser at Beulah Land Clinic in 2003 to improve his research in prolotherapy at St. Louis University. Given Dr. Lovegrove’s over 90% success rate to achieve pain and functional goals with his patients, his expertise has helped thousands of chronic pain suffers.