If you suffer from chronic pain, particularly joint pain, you have likely embarked on a regimen of painkillers, cortisone injections, or physical therapy. You may have tried biofeedback or other mental approaches to pain management. You may have had or considered surgery as well.
However, you quite likely have NOT heard of prolotherapy. This minimally invasive treatment option can provide lasting relief from many aches and pains. But most mainstream healthcare providers do not offer this alternative approach to pain management.
What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a relatively recent alternative to steroid injections and surgical joint replacements. This procedure relies on, surprisingly, the injection of an irritant into the affected area.
Early prolotherapy used a glucose or dextrose solution. Other prolotherapy agents have included glycerin, phenol, and lidocaine. Today, ozone is used instead, hence the name “prolozone therapy.”
What is prolozone therapy?
Prolozone therapy is simply prolotherapy with ozone. Ozone is a reactive pro-oxidant, meaning it irritates and ages tissue.
But not to worry: The body’s natural antioxidants quickly neutralize ozone before it causes too much damage. In fact, the introduction of ozone into tissue triggers the body’s healing response, which is why it is so effective.
The oxygen we breathe is O2, which consists of two oxygen molecules. Ozone, or O3, comprises three oxygen molecules.
The word “ozone” has gotten a negative connotation because smog often contains ground-level ozone. But like most chemicals, ozone can be beneficial in the right circumstances.
How does prolozone therapy work?
Prolozone therapy is safe and comfortable. A numbing agent reduces the pain of the injection. Ozone is then injected into a painful ligament, tendon, or joint space.
The ozone triggers an inflammatory reaction, which is your body’s natural way of healing itself. Blood and lymph circulation to the area increases, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the “injury” site. Connective tissue cells are also stimulated to repair the cartilage in the area.
An additional benefit of ozone is naturally fights infection.
Can prolozone therapy help me?
Prolozone therapy can help the following conditions:
- Shoulder pain, including rotator cuff injuries.
- Neck and back pain.
- including degenerative disc disease.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Tennis elbow.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Sprains and strains.
- Sports-related injuries.
Patients who undergo prolozone therapy usually experience significant pain relief and are able to stop using topical or oral pain medications. The results are long-lasting.
Can anybody benefit from prolozone therapy?
Prolozone therapy can help almost anybody with one or more of the above complaints. However, certain patients should not try this therapy, such as people who take blood-thinners, have bleeding disorders, or have certain types of infections.
Dr. Singer will evaluate your medical history and let you know if prolozone therapy is an option for you.
Does prolozone therapy have risks or side effects?
Like any medical treatment, there are possible risks and side effects, although these are minimal.
Risks include irritation, numbness, stiffness, infection, and bruising or minor bleeding at the injection site. These are risks with many types of injection.
If you are interested in prolotherapy, do not hesitate to call our office at 303-488-0034 and ask for more information or request a consultation. Pain relief IS possible, and you have nothing to lose by inquiring—except, perhaps, chronic discomfort and an old way of life.