What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment that relieves musculoskeletal pain by strengthening and tightening ligaments and tendons around affected joints. Ligaments and tendons are tough, fibrous bands of tissue that connect bone to bone and bone to muscle. As long as they are strong and taut, they keep joints stable and properly aligned, allowing for smooth, pain-free movement. When they become injured, weak, or lax, the resulting misalignment impinges on nerves and blood vessels and causes pain. Lasting relief can be obtained by restoring the integrity of these supporting structures, returning things to their proper positions and taking pressure off sensitive tissues.

This therapy, which requires special training that few conventional physicians have undertaken, involves injections of a mildly irritating solution into the painful area. This triggers the body’s natural healing response and promotes the proliferation of new collagen, which is the building block of ligaments and tendons. As these structures become thicker and stronger, pain subsides, range of motion returns, and cartilage degeneration slows down.

Some of the patients treated at Whitaker Wellness have noted significant relief after a single prolotherapy treatment. However, it usually takes several sessions to achieve lasting pain relief and a return to normal function. This is one of the many reasons we suggest patients interested in treatment with prolotherapy enroll in our Back to Health Program. Furthermore, when this therapy is combined with other components of our multi-faceted pain relief program, patients can expect exceptional results.

How Prolotherapy Can Help You

Conventional medicine’s solutions for back and neck pain, sciatica, injuries, and other types of joint pain are drugs and surgery. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and narcotic medications may take the edge off, but they come with a host of serious side effects. As for surgery, studies suggest that neck and back surgery do indeed reduce pain—but to no greater degree than noninvasive treatments.

The Whitaker Wellness Institute adopted prolotherapy years ago because, unlike drugs, it isn’t a temporary fix. Rather, by correcting underlying structural problems, it eradicates pain. And although prolotherapy injections can cause mild discomfort during the first few days of healing, it has none of the risks of pain-relieving drugs and invasive procedures. Furthermore, when prolotherapy is used in combination with our other innovative therapies, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and targeted nutritional supplements, patients see faster, even better results.

There’s another reason to consider having prolotherapy done at the Whitaker Wellness Institute. If someone is going to be injecting needles into your back or neck, you want that person to know what they are doing. The physician in charge of prolo at our clinic has had years and years of training and experience treating patients with this therapy. His skill and talent have helped hundreds of our patients conquer chronic pain and regain normal function.

What Conditions Benefit From Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is helpful for multiple musculoskeletal conditions in which pain and inflammation play a role. These include:

  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sports injuries
  • Whiplash injuries

Our Patient Success Stories

Click the links below to read about people just like you who received prolotherapy at the Whitaker Wellness Institute and got back on the road to health.

One-Stop Shop for Wellness

Renowned physician, author, and speaker, Julian Whitaker, MD, opened the doors of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in 1979. Since then, our clinic has helped more than 45,000 patients overcome serious health challenges and get back on the road to healthy living. We’re proud to offer nearly two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof—that’s more than any other facility in the northern hemisphere. Just think of us as your “one-stop shop for wellness.”

To learn more about how prolotherapy  treatment at the Whitaker Wellness Institute can quickly and safely alleviate pain—without the use of dangerous drugs—and help restore your health and vitality, click on the buttons below to schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us to learn more. You can also schedule your complimentary consultation or obtain more information by calling our Patient Services Representatives at (866) 944-8253.


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