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Prolotherapy Injections

Prolotherapy is short for proliferative therapy. It involves injecting a sclerosant solution into the tissue to cause an inflammatory reaction and upregulate the healing process. It is most commonly used in injured or torn tendons and ligaments that may have become unstable or ‘overstretched’ due to injury, although it can be used for joint pain too.

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Prolotherapy Injection

Prolotherapy is used most commonly in injured or torn tendons and ligaments. Injuries that lead to instability such as sprains or ligament tears respond best.

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What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a treatment used for degenerative or overstretched, unstable ligaments. It involves injecting an irritant solution into the tissue that causes an inflammatory response and induces tissue regeneration, promoting healing and reducing symptoms, whilst thickening and strengthening the tissue. The treatment is a course of three injections at intervals of between one to three weeks that will allow you to focus on your recovery, getting you back to your best.

What conditions does Prolotherapy help with?

Spinal Prolotherapy is most commonly used to treat tendons and ligaments that may be injured or overstretched. It can be used to treat conditions such as lumbar instability, lumbo-sacral dysfunction and musculoskeletal back pain.

What to expect during a Prolotherapy appointment?

Before the procedure

At your initial consultation, the doctor will take time to understand your symptoms and undertake a thorough assessment to ensure the injection is right for you. It is important to let the doctor know of any known allergies, such as plasters and to inform us if you are pregnant. Please also let the doctor know if you have any medical conditions and take any regular medications including blood thinning medications. This is also a great opportunity to ask the doctor any questions you may have about the procedure.

It is recommended that you do not take anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen) for the week before and up to 4 weeks after the procedure.

Before having your treatment eat and drink as normal, including taking any regular medication (unless otherwise advised by the doctor, e.g. blood thinning medication) and wear loose comfortable clothing.

What to expect during the procedure

The doctor will explain everything to you before your procedure and ask you to sign a consent form to confirm that you are happy to proceed.

Local anaesthetic is used on the injection point to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for you and all spinal injections are performed using our high-tech fluoroscopic x-ray for guidance and precision. By using this image guidance for accuracy and safety, the doctor can be confident the injectate is being delivered to the desired location.


how long to the effects of Prolotherapy last?

You should experience relief from your symptoms for around one year, however there is a huge variation and these benefits can sometimes last for a lot longer. We highly recommend combining your treatment with a personalised rehab plan from one of our wonderful therapists to get you back to doing the things you love.


Who administers Prolotherapy Injections at the Back and Body Clinic?
All of our injections are carried out by experienced consultant doctors or extended scope physiotherapists.

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