What is Prolotherapy?

Category: Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Prolotherapy uses a dextrose (sugar water) solution, which may be injected into ligaments, tendons or other sites of pain. 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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Neck pain 4 5
Pain 4 2
Hypermobility syndrome 2 1
Joint instability 2 2
Back pain 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
1
Mild
1
None
9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Prolotherapy

Side effect Patients
Pain 2
Injection site pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Prolotherapy

Dosage Patients
30 min monthly 1
50 other weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Prolotherapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Expense 3
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently using Prolotherapy

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped using Prolotherapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 8
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 5
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3 patient evaluations for Prolotherapy

Jun 3, 2014 (Started Dec 03, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Monthly
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Dec 5, 2013 (Started Dec 03, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: This treatment is for disc degeneration, not fibromyalgia. My Naturopathic MD recommends that I get 2-6 sessions of shots, each session 4-6 weeks apart, and cease treatment when pain is gone. More shots will be administered when/if pain returns. For me that would be about 1 year after the last session. The shots can be very painful when administered. It helps me if the doctor uses a numbing device before each injection. The pain doesn't last long, and is worth it based on the results. I only need 2-3 sessions to be rid of pain. The cost is about $400 per session.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2010 (Started Dec 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in right hip)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in right hand and wrist)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in right foot)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in right elbow)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 23, 2007 (Started Jun 23, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Unfreeze a frozen shoulder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: It worked! I could move my arm again.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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