Understanding Prolotherapy Injections For Pain Treatment

Dr. Lisa Pacheco, Medical Spa at the Surgical Arts Centre in Missoula, Montana. Prolotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for tendon and ligament issues that can help relieve pain in the area and help with recovery. The treatment is an injection that helps to rebuild collagen in the affected area, which in turn stabilizes the joint, returns functioning, lessens pain, and bolsters healing. At the Surgical Arts Centre, we offer prolotherapy to a wide range of people who are living with a painful and/or debilitating joint injuries. Prolotherapy can help heal and relieve pain for:
  • Lower back injuries.
  • Neck injuries.
  • Knee injuries.
  • Ankle injuries.
  • Shoulder injuries.
  • Hand and wrist injuries.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy can be useful for adults, teens, and older children. It is often an effective treatment for both people who suffer from chronic joint issues as well as those who are recovering from an acute injury. Likewise, prolotherapy may be helpful both if you are looking for an alternative to a surgical option or if you are looking for pain relief before a surgery down the road. “In our office, we often see people cutting back on their activity because of a joint issue,” says Dr. Lisa Pacheco, the director of the Surgical Arts Centre’s medical spa. “They stop hiking or walking or hunting or fishing. They might stop dance classes, all because they have a bum neck or back or knee. When we stop exercising, our general health suffers. Daily exercise can decrease our risk of dying from all causes by 30 percent. Prolotherapy is anti-aging. It can help get your joint in working order again, and get you back in the woods or onto the dance floor.”

Your Prolotherapy Appointment

Depending on the treatment you need, most prolotherapy appointments take less than an hour and only involve a few minutes of injection time. Recovery time after a prolotherapy injection is minimal. Prolotherapy results are not instant: it can take 3-6 weeks for the rebuilding of collagen to have a noticeable effect. In some cases, patients will need a series of injections over a span of time in order to achieve the results they are looking for. In other cases, prolotherapy may not have ideal results and the patient may then consider other treatment alternatives. Studies have shown that 85 to 95 percent of patients report improvement after receiving prolotherapy treatments.

Learn If Prolotherapy Is Right For You During A Private Consultation

Whether you are recovering from an acute injury, or whether you are seeking treatment for a chronic injury, prolotherapy may be a good choice for your pain relief and recovery. To learn more about our medical center, prolotherapy, or your options for treatment, we encourage you to contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Lisa Pacheco by calling 406.549.6600.
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