Prolotherapy takes advantage of your body’s natural healing ability, activating cells that rebuild tissues and relieve the pain of musculoskeletal injuries and disease. At HealthFirst, Jonathan W. Singer, DO, has extensive experience administering prolotherapy injections, helping hundreds of patients heal, regain their health, and avoid surgery. To learn if you’re a good candidate for prolotherapy, call one of the offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, or schedule an appointment online.
Prolotherapy is an injection of a substance that triggers your body’s natural healing response. Plasma-rich platelets (PRP) are a type of prolotherapy. However, there are other prolotherapy options. Long before PRP was developed, prolotherapy injections contained a mixture of sugar and a local anesthetic.
When sugar is injected, it irritates the targeted tissues, which in turn activates healing and brings regenerative stem cells and platelets to the area of the injection.
Platelets release growth factors that accelerate healing, while stem cells regenerate all the tissues needed to repair damaged tissues.
Your blood contains four primary components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. PRP contains platelets and plasma, but it has a higher concentration of platelets than the amount normally found in your blood.
The team at HealthFirst produces PRP in the office from your own blood. After drawing a blood sample, they process it in a centrifuge, which separates the different blood components.
When the centrifuge is finished, Dr. Singer extracts all the platelets along with enough plasma to create a fluid that’s used for your PRP therapy.
Dr. Singer injects your PRP directly into the damaged tissue or the site of disease, such as joint degeneration. He accurately guides the injection to the target using real-time imaging that shows the tissues and needle during the procedure.
Dr. Singer may recommend prolotherapy for a variety of joint problems, including damaged ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and spinal discs, as well as inflammatory conditions like tendonitis and bursitis. Prolotherapy may also promote healing in patients with osteoarthritis.
Since prolotherapy accelerates healing, it’s an especially beneficial therapy for slow-healing wounds and chronic degeneration.
A prolotherapy injection improves healing in severe injuries that overwhelm your body’s normal healing ability. This therapy is also a good option if you’re older because your body’s healing response slows down over time.
After a thorough examination and the determination that prolotherapy is the best treatment for your condition, Dr. Singer applies a topical anesthetic. Then he injects a pure, high-grade sugar formula, using ultrasound guidance to deliver the solution to the targeted tissues.
You may be sore for a few days because the healing response initially causes inflammation. After your injection, you can return to your daily activities, but Dr. Singer may recommend avoiding exercise for a short time.
If you suffer from an acute injury or chronic musculoskeletal disease, call HealthFirst or schedule an appointment online.