Spine & Orthopedic Pain Centers

Prolotherapy



Prolotherapy is an alternative therapy that may help repair injured tissues. It is considered a non-surgical ligament and tendon reconstruction and regenerative joint injection. Prolotherapy can repair the weakened and unstable joints and stimulate new collagen tissue, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint. Once the joint is stabilized, pain usually resolves. The number and timing of treatment varies from 3 to 6 weeks.

It is also known as regenerative injection therapy or proliferation therapy. The goal is to stimulate the body to repair itself. The exact mechanism of how it works is not known. The theory is that it causes a mild inflammatory response that encourages growth of new, normal ligament or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure.

A sugar, salt, sarapin and procaine or lidocaine solution type of prolotherapy involves injecting these substances into a joint or other part of the body to treat a range of conditions, such as:

  • Tendon, muscle, and ligament problems
  • Sacro-iliac joint instability/dysfunction
  • Neck and knee pain
  • Knee meniscal tears
  • Wrist or hand pain
  • Shoulder pain including rotator cuff tears
  • Elbow pain including golfers or tennis elbow
  • Foot pain including plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle pain or instability
  • Osteitis pubis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Temporal mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ
  • Arthritis of the knees, hips, and fingers
  • Disc disease
  • Some types of headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Strains and sprains
  • Loose or unstable joints

Prolotherapy may help:

  • Reduce pain and stiffness
  • Improve strength, function, and mobility of the joint
  • Increase the strength of ligaments and other tissues

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and adult stem cells taken from fat in other areas of the body or bone marrow can also be used for these types of injections.

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Inderbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Inderbir Johal, M.D. is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.

Gurbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Gurbir Johal is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at the prestigious University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Chicago Pain Medicine Center.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.