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Prolotherapy – a Sweet Solution to Chronic Pain

Jan 31, 2016 10:24PM
By Gary Kaplan, D.O.
Prolotherapy, also sometimes referred to as “regenerative injection therapy”, is a treatment for tendon, ligament or joint pain. It’s a safe and effective non-surgical option, whether your pain is from a previous injury or from the wear and tear of aging. Injuries such as sprains, benefit from prolotherapy. It is also beneficial for pain from the degenerative changes of arthritis.

Treatment consists of injecting a patient with a natural solution, such as a high concentration dextrose (sugar) solution, at tendon and ligament attachment sites to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. This process initiates a localized inflammatory response at the site of the injection and the body starts a healing response which promotes new tissue growth, not scar tissue, which then heals and strengthens the ligament and/or tendon. The repair helps relieve pain and restore function.

Unlike steroid injections, which help the pain temporarily but do not promote healing properties, prolotherapy injections induce the proliferation of new cells, which treats the underlying defect and not just the symptoms. The series of injections are done approximately two to six weeks apart, and each treatment builds upon the previous one for cumulative benefit.

If pain is keeping you from doing the activities that you would like to do, or perhaps interfering with your daily activities at home or work, consider an evaluation to see if prolotherapy is right for you to alleviate your pain and get you back into the game of your day to day life.

Dr. Gary Kaplan is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine which offers patients suffering with chronic pain and illness an effective model of medical care, incorporating elements of conventional and alternative medicine. If you are interested in prolotherapy for your chronic pain contact them for a consultation at 703-532-4892 or


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