1) What does it treat
2) How many treatments will I need?
3) Will I need to continue care after treatment?
4) Is this the same thing as cortisone shots?
5) Is Prolotherapy safe?
6) Do the Treatments Hurt?
7) Will my insurance cover this and what are the fees?
8) Is it advisable to drive or work after Prolotherapy?
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The average person requires 6 treatment sessions given at 2 to 4 week intervals, but the number of treatments varies with each patient. Difficult (post surgical, long standing, etc) or other complicated cases may require 8, 10 or 12 treatments. Many patients feel relief of pain after the 3rd or 4th treatment. Occasionally some of our patients have reported some relief of pain after only two sessions.
Once treated, the problem should be fixed. Healing will continue to take place for at least one year following treatment. Of course, if there is an injury or insult to the area treated, an additional treatment maybe needed
Long term studies have shown that cortisone injections actually weaken tissue. On the other hand, Prolotherapy uses proliferants, which cause the ligaments and tendons to be strengthened. Cortisone is one injection; Prolotherapy is multiple injections to an area so as to induce healing in the biggest area possible.
As with any procedure, there are risks and side effects which will vary depending on the area being treated. The doctor will discuss these possibilities fully with patients during the pre-treatment consultation. On the other hand, Prolotherapy is an extremely safe procedure. The risks are far less than taking aspirin or Motrin for a lifetime to temporarily alleviate chronic pain.
As many of my patients have said, “the pain from the injections was nothing compared to the pain that I was experiencing prior to Prolotherapy”. Most say after the Prolotherapy treatment, “It wasn’t that bad.” There are a few people, however, who may need help in receiving Prolotherapy.
For those patients that find Prolotherapy uncomfortable, Dr. Fields can also apply a cold spray (ethyl Chloride) or a gel of Lidocaine to numb the skin prior to the treatment. If additional help is needed, a prescription can be given for Ultram, Tylenol with codeine or Vicodin. This can be taken one hour prior to your Prolotherapy treatment. Additionally, we have calming music to listen to, stress balls, and hot packs to help ease one’s mind during the treatment. Ninety-nine percent of our patients receive the treatments without pain killers and do just fine.
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You can drive after you receive Prolotherapy. You may feel a little stiff but will be able to continue with your activities of daily living. We do suggest walking for about five minutes before driving. You will also be capable of working. There are no work restrictions. You may choose not to work if your job involves a lot of standing or lifting.