What is injected and how often are the treatments?
In a prolotherapy treatment, a substance is injected using a slender needle next to the site where soft tissue (ligament, tendon, muscle, fascia, joint capsule) is injured or has torn away from the bone. Dr. Santos will use ultrasound to guide the needle into the damaged area. The substance used in the injection is a natural irritant agent. Examples include:
- Sugar (dextrose or glucose)
- Platelet Rich Plasma
The agent is typically used with a local anesthetic (lidocaine or procaine). Prolotherapy involves a series of injections, reportedly ranging from 1 to 5, depending on the condition and the individual being treated. The injection series may cover 3 to 6 months with injections at 4 to 6 week intervals.
- Allergic Reaction