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What is prolotherapy?

Glen Rock Spine & Rehab specializes in minimally invasive treatments that address the root cause of your pain, encouraging your body to heal itself. We use the prolotherapy technique to encourage the release of growth factors and inflammatory cells that heal the damaged tissues responsible for your chronic or acute pain. As one of the leading providers of prolotherapy in Glen Rock, New Jersey, we are committed to helping you recover as quickly as possible.

Prolotherapy is a regenerative and interventional pain management solution that encourages your body to heal the damaged tissues. There are several types of prolotherapy, but the most popular ones include dextrose or saline prolotherapy. Dextrose and saline prolotherapy involves injecting a sugar or salt solution into the damaged parts of the body, such as the torn ligaments, tendons, or inflamed joints.

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Which conditions can you treat with prolotherapy?

  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Arthritic pains
  • Sports injuries and trauma
  • Chronic pain
  • Unstable joints

How does prolotherapy work?

Dextrose and saline prolotherapy involves injecting a saline or dextrose solution into the damaged or injured areas. This heals your damaged tissues because of mechanical and physiological factors. Mechanically, the injections make micro-injuries on the skin’s surface to activate your body’s natural healing processes, sending inflammatory cells to the injured site to heal the wound. Physiologically, the irritants release growth factors that encourage tissue regeneration, healing the damaged joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Am I a suitable candidate for prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a safe and minimally invasive procedure particularly suitable for those experiencing ligament or tendon injuries because of an overly active lifestyle. This treatment is often performed as an alternative to cortisone injections to treat injuries. However, prolotherapy isn’t suitable for patients experiencing major tendon injuries, severe arthritis, muscle tearing, or spinal pain. Our physiatrists will run several tests to ensure you’re a viable candidate for prolotherapy.

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What happens during the prolotherapy treatment?

Prolotherapy is a painless and comfortable procedure that concludes within a few minutes with no downtime. We use local anesthesia and ultrasound-guided injections to ensure optimal comfort with no unnecessary side effects. Before starting, our physiatrists conduct a thorough examination of the root cause of your pain to optimize the treatment plan. They review your health history, discuss your symptoms, run ultrasound tests, and curate the prolotherapy treatment accordingly.

Our physiatrists start with an ultrasound image, using it to guide the prolotherapy injections directly into the damaged connective tissues. Using ultrasound ensures optimal safety because we can target the damaged tissues without unnecessary side effects. The number of injections depends on your specific goals, needs, and concerns. You can resume your daily activities immediately after the treatment with minimal restrictions. You may experience mild redness, swelling, and discomfort for a few days, but the side effects dissipate quickly.

Visit Glen Rock Spine & Rehab

Glen Rock Spine & Rehab is a state-of-the-art pain management center focused on interventional and regenerative treatments. We use cutting-edge diagnostic tools and techniques, such as ultrasounds and digital x-rays, to trace the root cause of your chronic pain and curate a comprehensive treatment plan. We use the prolotherapy treatment to encourage natural wound healing, catalyzing your body’s natural growth factors to heal the damaged ligaments, tendons, joints, or muscles. Please schedule an appointment at our medical center in Glen Rock to discuss your prolotherapy treatment options.

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