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Prolotherapy

When it comes to pain management, no single method works for all. Jean Santo, MD, at Advanced PainCare and BioHealth Institute provides the most advanced care using the least harmful therapies. Prolotherapy is a very safe, non-toxic therapeutic injection that sparks your body’s innate healing of damaged connective tissue and cartilage, easing pain at the source of your discomfort. To see how prolotherapy can improve your chronic pain, call the office in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, or schedule an appointment online today.

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What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy, also called proliferation therapy, is a time-tested therapeutic injection of a mixture of a local anesthetic and an irritant (usually dextrose) that heals damaged connective tissue and cartilage by stimulating inflammation, the first vital step of the Healing Cascade, the body’s natural healing process. With healing comes pain relief. Each injection is performed using ultrasound or x-ray guidance to ensure precise placement of the solution into the damaged
tissue.

As always, it all starts with the correct diagnosis. Many times, patients are wrongly diagnosed. For example, any patient with low back pain and a disc bulge is assumed to have low back pain caused by that bulged disc when it is really stretched, weakened ligaments along the spine are causing the pain. Tiny nerve fibers in the ligaments are stretched inside the ligaments and cause the pain. By strengthening and tightening the ligaments, we eliminate the nerve fiber stretch and relieve the pain.

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Am I a Candidate for Prolotherapy?

Dr Santo determines if you’re a candidate for prolotherapy following a thorough consultation and examination.
Advanced PainCare and BioHealth Institute uses prolotherapy to treat chronic musculoskeletal conditions, such
As:

  • Chronic knee pain including meniscus injuries
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow

To determine if you are a candidate, call us today at (717) 791-2860 or request an appointment online.

Advanced PainCare and BioHealth Institute offers many innovative therapies that support the natural healing process, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow concentrate (BMC) using proprietary protocols from Regenexx®®.

What Happens During Treatment With Prolotherapy?

During your session, Dr Santo injects the dextrose solution into the areas of your body where you have pain using X-ray or ultrasound-guided imaging to ensure accurate placement of the solution. There’s no downtime following prolotherapy, and you can resume normal activities afterward. Over the ensuing 4 to 6 weeks prolotherapy stimulates collagen production, increasing the tensile strength of connective tissue, thereby stabilizing joints, and improving joint and tendon dynamics. Prolotherapy also stimulates cartilage production, reducing joint friction and improving the shock absorption capacity of your joint. You may need a series of three to six sessions to get the most benefits.

Prolotherapy can be combined with PRP to provide a stronger stimulus for healing. To find out more about prolotherapy and how it can help you, call Advanced PainCare and BioHealth Institute at (717) 791-2860 or request
an appointment online today
.

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