What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a regenerative medicine technique used to heal musculoskeletal and connective tissue joint pain. Prolotherapy is an injection treatment that increases joint stability by stimulating healing and strengthening of ligaments and tendons, thus relieving pain. This technique is particularly helpful for people suffering from pain from arthritis, sports injuries, or general wear and tear. It has been performed in the United States for over 80-years.
How does it work?
Prolotherapy injections include numbing medications and other substances to help your body heal naturally. Many pain problems are caused by lack of joint stability. The joint space is lost by degeneration of cartilage. With the loss of cartilage, abnormal motion develops that irritates the joint lining, causing pain and disability. As joints stabilize and tissue regrowth occurs, many pain problems can resolve. Even severe arthritis such as bone on bone knee arthritis in individuals who have been told they need a knee replacement by stabilizing the joints pain can be improved.
Is it safe?
Yes, prolotherapy is quite safe as it works with your body’s natural response to injury and promotes healing in a given area. Different than prescription pain medicines, cortisone injections, or surgery, prolotherapy stimulates true healing instead of masking the pain. (In contrast, cortisone can actually damage and accelerate degeneration.)
What conditions can be treated by prolotherapy?
Many conditions can be treated by prolotherapy including: degenerative or arthritic joints, persistent or recurrent nagging back pain, disk herniations, degenerative disc disease, whiplash, pinched nerves, nerve pain, sports injuries, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, headaches, TMJ, and fibromyalgia. Check out the conditions guide for more!
Why use Dr. Kramer?
Dr. Kramer has specialized in prolotherapy techniques for over 28 years. He studied under Dr. Gustav Hemwall, who was world renowned for his teaching and a pioneer in the field of regenerative techniques. His legacy and mission work is carried out today through the Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation. Dr. Kramer teaches prolotherapy and prolozone, and has studied with many other experts in prolotherapy. He is certified in regenerative injection therapy by the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine.
How much does it cost?
Please visit the FAQs page for more information on cost of treatment options, insurance, and what to expect at your first visit.