Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection therapy that is used to stimulate the body to repair a painful area when the natural healing process needs a little assistance.

Most chronic musculoskeletal pain is caused by injured ligaments and tendons that have not completely healed. Prolotherapy stimulates the body to heal, strengthen and rebuild weakened ligaments, tendons, and joints – even years after the initial injury- thereby greatly reducing or eliminating pain.


The basic mechanism of Prolotherapy is simple. A solution of anesthetic and dextrose is injected into the affected ligaments or tendons, which leads to local inflammation. The localized inflammation triggers a wound healing cascade, resulting in the deposition of new collagen, the material that ligaments and tendons are made of. The new collagen shrinks as it matures which tightens the ligament and makes it stronger, securing the joint.

Because ligaments and tendons generally have a poor blood supply, incomplete healing is common after injury. This incomplete healing results in these normally taut, strong bands of fibrous or connective tissue becoming relaxed and weak. The relaxed and inefficient ligament or tendon then becomes the source of chronic pain and weakness.

These are some of the painful conditions that have been treated successfully by Prolotherapy:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Loose Joints
  • Meniscal Tears
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Surgery Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Pain
  • Sacroiliac Laxity
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow

Learn more about how prolotherapy works.