What to Expect from Prolotherapy Treatment

If you're suffering from chronic pain, the key to relief may not be medications but may instead be stimulating your body's own ability for self-healing. This is exactly what prolotherapy does. Prolotherapy stimulates the growth of new ligaments and tendon fibers to repair damaged tissue, without the use of steroids. At least 80 percent of patients who undergo prolotherapy achieve pain relief. If your Marietta pain management specialist recommends prolotherapy injections, here is what you can expect.

Prolotherapy Marietta

Preparing for Treatment
There are no special preparations you need to make for your prolotherapy treatment . For your appointment, wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move, like athletic wear, so your doctor can easily access the site of the pain. If you're worried about the pain of the needle, talk to your doctor before your appointment. He or she may recommend using a topical analgesic or anxiety medication before your session. If you plan to use either or both of these remedies, you may need to arrive early for your appointment to allow them to take effect.

Injection Procedure
The injection itself is very fast. Your doctor will place the injection directly into the site of your pain. Some patients experience discomfort during this process when the prolotherapy solution comes into contact with the inflamed tissues. However, this pain should be short lived, when the local anesthetic included in the injection kicks in. The entire visit for treatment should take approximately 30 minutes.

Recovery
Most patients are able to return to their normal activities right a prolotherapy injection. There may be pain at the injection site for up to a week after the procedure. Although many patients achieve pain relief immediately after their initial injection, doctors usually recommend a course of four to six injections spread out over several weeks for maximum results.

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