Prolotherapy offers non-surgical pain relief. Offered by regenerative medicine specialist Linda Dula, DO, at Hydrate Medical in Asheville, North Carolina, prolotherapy stimulates your body’s natural healing processes to repair injured, painful joints and connective tissue. If you have osteoarthritis or other chronic or acute pain disorders, use the online tool or call the office to set up an appointment and benefit from prolotherapy and other pain-management services.
Prolotherapy is the injection of specialized compounds into painful joints and tissue to resolve pain.
Many cases of joint pain result from overstretched or torn ligaments or tendons. Prolotherapy has a unique ability to directly address this specific cause of your pain, stimulating your body to repair weakened sites and produce new collagen. That helps stabilize the joints and connective tissue to resolve pain.
Prolotherapy may include concentrated dextrose, anesthetics, and platelet-rich plasma, a concentrated sample of platelets derived from a sample of your blood. Prolotherapy creates a mild inflammatory response in your body, so your healing mechanisms kick in and repair damaged, irritated areas.
Before recommending prolotherapy, your provider does a thorough evaluation of your medical history and current condition.
The degree of your joint degradation, nutritional habits, and lifestyle are all taken into account before prescribing prolotherapy. These factors determine your healing capabilities and whether prolotherapy is helpful for you.
A prolotherapy session lasts no more than 30 minutes. Prior to the injection, your skin is cleaned with an antiseptic and treated with a numbing cream to reduce discomfort. Your provider places the injections as close to the point of pain as possible.
Right after the injections, they apply heat packs to the treatment sites for 10-15 minutes before you go about your day.
Immediately after your treatment, you may have a slight increase in pain and any associated swelling or stiffness.
These side effects subside rather quickly, and you can go back to your normal activities the next day. Some people are able to go back to their routine the same day.
Mild bruising or discomfort around the treatment sites may last for up to a week.
Most people do best when they undergo a series of prolotherapy treatments. Hydrate Medical customizes your treatment plan, but most people need anywhere from 3-6 sessions, each scheduled about four weeks apart.
If you’re ready to learn more about how prolotherapy can help you heal from pain, call Hydrate Medical, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.