Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy.pngWhat is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy, also called proliferative therapy, is the injection of an irritant solution (usually a dextrose solution) into joints, ligaments, or tendons.  It usually involves a series of 3 to 4 or more shots given monthly for several months, followed by occasional, as-needed injections.

How does Prolotherapy work?

Injected solutions "proliferates" have historically been hypothesized to cause local irritation, with subsequent inflammation and tissue healing, resulting in enlargement and strengthening of damaged ligaments, tendon and intraarticular structures.  The process is thought to improve joint stability, biomechanics, function and ultimately, to decrease pain.

What are the side effects to Prolotherapy?

  • Swelling and inflammation around the injection site
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Allergic reaction to the injected solution
  • Nerve related issues

Is there a cost associated with Prolotherapy?

The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan pays for many of the services you receive from your doctor.  However, the government plan does not cover certain uninsured services. Any fee requested will be discussed with you before providing an uninsured service.  Payment will be expected when you receive this service.

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