Prolotherapy, Vancouver

What is Prolotherapy?

“Prolo” is short for proliferation; because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) in areas where it has become weak. Prolotherapy uses a dextrose (sugar water) solution, which is injected into the muscle, ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas which then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients and stimulates the tissue to repair itself.

What is PRP?

Using the same mechanism of acute inflammation to stimulate healing injecting platelet rich plasma can be a more efficient means of repairing tissue and joint damage. Blood is taken from the patient and spun in a centrifuge until it separates allowing the platelet rich portion to be removed and injected into the damaged area.

What conditions can be treated with Prolotherapy and PRP?

What can I expect during and after a treatment?

Depending on the area being treated and the extent of the injury, each treatment session will take between 15 – 45 minutes. The first part of the treatment will include a review of the injured area and a reassessment, followed by sterilization of the area to be injected. Both povidone iodine and alcohol are used in the sterilization process. Because many of the areas injected have poor circulation, proper sterilization is of utmost importance. This is followed by point location and marking of the area. Once the area is properly prepared the treatment begins. Again, depending on the extent of the injury and area injured will determine the number of injections. The amount of discomfort felt after the treatment varies from person to person. Typically you can expect several days of discomfort and should minimize activity during this time.

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