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.
Preparing for Treatment
There are no special preparations you need to make for your
. 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.
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.
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.