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UW Health Sports Medicine in Madison, Wisconsin offers prolotherapy injections, a procedure that involves injecting small amounts of therapeutic solution into painful ligaments, tendons and joint spaces to augment healing and relieve pain.
What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a common treatment for ligament and tendon pain. During the procedure lidocaine, a combination of pain-relieving, nerve-numbing medication, saline (salt water), and dextrose (a sugar solution) are injected into tendons, ligaments or joints.
The injections may not reduce pain immediately. Often a few days are needed for a noticeable decrease in pain. Successful treatment involves a gradual decrease in pain over several weeks.
As with any treatment for pain, responses to therapy vary. The number of injections and appointments varies from patient to patient. While many patients may receive favorable results, there are no guarantees that the procedure will be effective for everyone.
Gentle activity, such as walking and stretching, is recommended after a brief period of rest and immobilization following the treatment, but heavy lifting and vigorous exercise are to be avoided for the first seven days to allow for proper healing and strengthening. It is important to remember that even if your pain is relieved, it is possible to re-injure yourself with activity that is too aggressive. Patients who utilize complementary treatments, such as physical therapy, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, or other forms of musculoskeletal treatments, may experience faster improvement.