Prolotherapy Joint Injections
Prolotherapy is a non-surgical approach to regenerate and strengthen damaged joints, tendons and ligaments. Dextrose and Lidocaine/Procaine solutions are injected into and around the injured tissues to create a healing response. Patients are treated every 4 weeks and typically require 3-6 sessions to stimulate growth factors and the natural healing process. Patients start to notice a reduction in pain as their tissues begin to strengthen. A majority of patients report a reduction in pain after their first injection, but the healing process continues for 3-6 months after the last set of injections.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Joint Injections
PRP injections use a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. PRP injections are prepared by taking the patient’s blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. The platelets are then injected directly into the injured body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells the body produces. PRP injections are more expensive than Prolotherapy due to the process of drawing the blood and preparing the injection solution.
Amniotic Stem Cell Fluid Joint Injections
This approach involves injecting amniotic stem cell fluid where it is needed in a specific joint structure. The growth factors then work in the site of the injury to promote the growth of new, healthy tissue. Amniotic stem fluid injections are more expensive than Prolotherapy or PRP due to the process of harvesting and collecting the amniotic stem cell fluid.