Our experienced Buffalo Doctors use Prolotherapy to repair damaged tendons and ligaments, and eliminate chronic pain. Prolotherapy involves injecting a solution into a joint, ligament or tendon to relieve chronic pain. Some doctors use methods that are not the most effective and safest, but here at RES Physical Medicine & Rehab, in Buffalo, NY we only use the expert prolotherapy methods taught and promoted by the Hackett-Hemwall Foundation.
As expert Prolotherapy Doctors, our methods are effective in treating back pain, headaches, migraines, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendonitis, loose joints, scoliosis pain, sciatica, TMJD and much more. Advances are being made every day, and because our prolotherapy treatments resolve the underlying cause for pain, patients begin to notice pain relief after just one treatment.
If you are suffering from chronic pain and loss of mobility, schedule an appointment with our Expert Prolotherapy Doctors.
Prolotherapy involves injecting a solution into a joint, ligament or tendon. Prolotherapy induces your own body to repair itself. You can actually repair, remake, re-strengthen your tendons and ligaments with prolotherapy, as well as relieve chronic pain.
By introducing a benign substance into joints, tendons and ligaments, prolotherapy induces an inflammatory reaction which actually causes the connective tissue to strengthen itself. In doing so, it is possible with prolotherapy to have have stronger tendons and ligaments than you had before your sports injury or car accident.
Prolotherapy can take different amounts of treatments to be effective for certain people and for certain areas of the body. For instance, if you injure smaller areas of the body take less time to heal than larger areas, So if you injure your ankle, your foot, your wrist, your elbow, or even the shoulder it will take less time to heal than a spinal injury.
Patients often worry about the pain they’re going to have, but we use local anesthetics so it’s not as painful as one might think.
Prolotherapy does involve multiple injections around the injured site. Unfortunately, the more you are injured the more uncomfortable it can be. As you heal, the pain will be less and less.
After treatment, patients do experience stiffness and there is some soreness at the sites of injection for approximately two days. This is generally not severe and individuals can usually resume their activities as usual within the next day.
The timing of having the prolotherapy is important. I think the longer that you wait and allow your body to scar, the longer that it will take for the prolotherapy to work. The sooner you have the prolotherapy the faster and better you will be able to heal.
The duration of the prolotherapy treatments varies from body part to body part. That being said, generally we see some results after just one treatment and excellent results in as little as three months.
A typical prolotherapy session takes approximately ten minutes. Plus there is a short recovery time in the office before you leave, maybe 15 minutes. Afterwards, I think most individuals like to go home and rest. Most individuals notice that their pain is gone after their treatment.
Generally you receive prolotherapy treatments every two to four weeks. Some individuals who have both neck or low back injuries generally come in for one session for the neck and then in two weeks for the lower back. They then alternate treatments of the neck and lower back again until they get the desired benefit.
The side effects of the prolotherapy sessions are not very common. The possible side effects include dizziness and nausea. These issues resolve quickly though, approximately 15 to 20 minutes after the procedure. The majority of people do not have any side effects.
People want to know, when they injure their spine, where the injections are actually going. In reality, we are nowhere near inside where the spinal cord is. We’re actually to the side where the ligaments are attached to your spinal column, not the spinal cord.