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Artius Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine located in Great Falls, VA

If you’re in constant pain and need relief immediately, consider innovative prolotherapy to strengthen and repair your joints and connective tissues. The excellent team at Artius Integrative Medicine in Great Falls, Virginia, offers a range of options to alleviate pain. Call the clinic to see if you’re a candidate or use the online scheduling option.

Prolotherapy Q & A

What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a promising alternative therapy that your holistic practitioner uses to alleviate pain. It treats musculoskeletal pain that’s linked to a problem with your ligaments or tendons or where you don’t have sufficient cartilage.

During prolotherapy, your provider injects a mild irritant directly into the soft tissue of the area that gives you trouble. The irritant prompts your body to initiate its natural healing response. Many doctors refer to prolotherapy as a regenerative joint injection or ligament reconstruction.

It’s a popular way to combat pain because it doesn’t involve surgery or downtime.

How does prolotherapy work to improve my pain?

Depending on your needs, your Artius provider customizes a solution to inject into the injured or painful part of your body. In addition to the inflammatory irritant, the injectable contains growth factors that go to work rebuilding and repairing damaged tissues. Your inflammation, swelling, and pain quickly subside so you get your range of motion and function back.

What conditions respond well to prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is widely used for back pain, but is also frequently used for:

  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Joints
  • Whiplash
  • Ligaments
  • Scoliosis
  • Tendinitis
  • Ankle and foot pain
  • Wrist pain

Some men and women who have arthritis have found long-lasting relief with prolotherapy.

What can I expect during my prolotherapy appointment?

Before your prolotherapy session, you’ll meet with your provider to outline a treatment plan so you’ll know exactly what type of prolotherapy solution they’ll use and how many injections you’ll need.  Your provider uses an ultrasound to determine the precise source of your pain and gently injects the solution there. You may need to repeat the procedure a few times over the following weeks. You should feel substantial relief from your pain within two or three weeks.

Does prolotherapy hurt?

Since it involves an injection, there is a slight sting or pinch, but the sensation doesn’t last long and quickly subsides. You may have bruising or swelling for a few days after your injection, but it resolves on its own and shouldn’t keep you from going about your normal activities.

To see if prolotherapy is a good solution for you, call the office to book a consultation or use the online scheduler to make an appointment at your convenience.