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Prolotherapy treatment is an injection into the affected joint (knee, spine, etc.). The injection is a solution of dextrose and it acts as an irritant, causing the body to react by building more connective tissue in the area.
Prolotherapy is commonly used in chronic and acute overuse injuries such as whiplash, tennis elbow, sprains and chronic tendonitis. As in the case of whiplash, the ligaments are over-stretched and become overly elastic. The prolotherapy treatment helps rebuild connective tissue in the area to reduce the unwanted elasticity.
Prolotherapy treatment appointments typically take approximately 30 minutes, which include prep time, the procedure and recovery. Patients often initially experience slight swelling after treatment, along with slight stiffness, before the inflammation reduces.
Prolotherapy is a non-surgical, out-patient procedure, which means patients get to avoid the risk of surgery and general anesthesia.
Expect to receive treatments every 2-6 weeks until you can return to normal activity.
A similar non-surgical treatment to prolotherapy is Class IV laser therapy which is also used for chronic and acute pain conditions in joints. We here excellent reviews from both laser therapy and prolotherapy. If you are looking for a prolotherapy in Colorado Springs, we can arrange to have a doctor treat you at our office, or we can refer to a prolotherapy doctor in Colorado Springs.