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Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy, short for proliferation therapy or regenerative injection therapy, is a type of injection designed to promote natural healing of a ligament or tendon. The goal is to strengthen weakened connective tissue and improve musculoskeletal pain. Prolotherapy is just one of many regenerative treatment options provided by our specialists at the Virginia Spine Institute. This unique treatment option helps those dealing with joint and musculoskeletal pain.

Benefits of Prolotherapy

  • Shorter recovery time compared to surgery
  • No anesthesia required
  • Natural healing procedure
  • Increased functionality and range of motion
  • Effective solution to avoid or delay surgery
  • Improved pain-relief and decreased inflammation
  • Outpatient procedure in the comfort of our state-of-the-art facility

Prolotherapy FAQ

How Does Prolotherapy Work?

A dextrose solution is commonly used; this solution is a non-pharmacological irritant and is injected into the ligament or tendon. The theory is that the solution causes an increase in blood supply and overall flow of nutrients to stimulate tissue repair. The dextrose solution causes a localized inflammation and self-initiates the tissue to repair itself.

How Long Does Prolotherapy Take to Work?

Response to this treatment is variable and may require serial treatments. The average number of treatments is around four to six. After initiating treatment, one of our specialized physician can provide you with a better estimate.

Meet our Regenerative Medicine Team

Dr. Niteesh Bharara

Orthopedic Specialist - Non-Surgical Sports Medicine
Director of Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Thomas Nguyen

Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Steven Papuchis

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Spine Surgeon

Dr. Christopher Good

Spine Surgeon
President of Virginia Spine Institute

Dr. Thomas Schuler

Spine Surgeon
Founder of Virginia Spine Institute
Chief Executive Officer

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