How Does Prolotherapy Work?

Prolotherapy is an alternative therapy that may help repair body tissues. It’s also known as regenerative injection therapy or proliferation therapy.

Dextrose or saline prolotherapy involve injecting a sugar or salt solution into a joint or other part of the body to treat a range of conditions, such as:

  • tendon, muscle, and ligament problems
  • arthritis of the knees, hips, and fingers
  • degenerative disc disease
  • fibromyalgia
  • some types of headache
  • sprains and strains
  • lax or unstable joints

Prolotherapy may help to reduce pain and stiffness, improved strength, function, and mobility of the joint, and increase the strength of ligaments and other tissues.

Will I Need More Than One Injection?

Prolotherapy is usually course of three injections at intervals of between one to three weeks, however if the improvement is incomplete then a further three injections may be offered.

How Long Do the Benefits of the Treatment Last?

On average, patients experience one year of improvement and relief from prolotherapy. However, there is a huge variation and sometimes improvement lasts from three months to 15 years. A repeat course of injections is often indicated and produces a similar period of relief.