What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a natural method to cure chronic painful conditions. It involves a series of injections to the painful area at the points where the ligaments attach to the bones. Prolotherapy starts the healing process causing the ligament, tendon, and cartilage tissue to grow and strengthen, thus alleviating the pain. It applies to chronic headaches, chronic back pain, neck pain and to joint pain or arthritis in knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, ankles and feet. It can be helpful for degenerative arthritis and disc problems in the low back and neck. If you would like more information about Prolotherapy, the website http://www.prolonews.com contains various articles and information for those interested in this therapy. If you would like to order the book “Prolo Your Pain Away”, or other titles on the topic, visit http://www.beulahlandpress.com or call 1-800-RXPROLO.
What is in the Prolotherapy solution?
The typical solution contains an extract of corn or concentrated dextrose. The solution also contains an anesthetic-like procaine that is used to decrease the pain of the injection. Vitamin B12, extract of the pitcher plant (Sarapin), other vitamins, homeopathics or other solutions might be used.
How will the patient feel after Prolotherapy?
Frequently the treated areas may feel stronger immediately after Prolotherapy. It is common to experience some stiffness, soreness, swelling, or even increase pain after Prolotherapy, lasting usually less than a few days. The body is doing all of the work, so the patient needs to all that s/he can do to help it heal.
How many treatments and how often should the patient receive Prolotherapy?
The average number of treatment sessions is four. This may vary depending on the age, the severity of the injury/disease and the overall health of the patient. The usual time between treatments is 3-6 weeks. This allows time for the body to heal.
Will my insurance cover Prolotherapy? How much will it cost?
Most health insurance policies do not currently cover Prolotherapy. Payment is expected at the time of the visit and the cost will be $150 to $400 for the treatment. The cost will depend upon how many injections are necessary during your treatment. The initial evaluation appointment to determine if prolotherapy is appropriate for your condition is often reimbursable by insurance carriers depending on your policy.