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Regenerative Joint Therapy (Prolotherapy)

Is prolotherapy right for you?

Regenerative joint therapy [prolotherapy] is a natural non-surgical method that helps the body heal injured or weakened joints, ligaments, and tendons. The standard technique involves a series of precisely placed injections using dilute sugar solutions [dextrose or mannitol]. As tendons and ligaments strengthen, pain is alleviated and mobility is restored.

Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy [PRPP] utilizes the patient’s own plasma rich in protein growth factors to increase a natural healing mechanism of action.

Neural Therapy employs dilute solutions of dextrose that are injected just under the skin. This technique is very effective in treating regional pain problems often caused by injury to local regional nerves from trauma.

These techniques can help reduce pain from arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis.

If you have persisting pain or limited movement, restorative joint therapy [prolotherapy] and neural therapy may be options for you.

Dextrose or Plasma (PRP)?

When deciding on the best choice of injection solutions, the area[s] being treated and the nature of the injury may dictate which prove to be the optimal choice.

Prolotherapy Resources


My colleague, Dr. Jose Barreto, MD produced an informative video explanation of how prolotherapy works:

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