Prolotherapy is one of the most commonly used regenerative medicine injection therapies that Dr. Nelson, ND uses to treat musculoskeletal injures, and chronic conditions like arthritis.
The treatment involves a hyperosmotic solution which essentially stimulates local immune cells in the area to respond as if there is an inflammatory reaction. It causes the immune cells to come in and eat up old scar tissue or old fibrotic tissue that’s causing your pain and dysfunction and stimulate new healthy tissue to form.
The reason why it falls under the umbrella of regenerative medicine is that it’s a stimulus to boost or bump up the regenerative processes in the body and to slow down or dampen the degenerative processes in the body. It basically pushes your body into laying down new, healthy regenerative tissue and then trying to limit some of that degenerative process that’s naturally occurring as we age.
“…I am happy to say it’s now four weeks later and my knee is much better “(Dr. Nelson) was honest with me about various treatment options for my knee, their cost and chances of making a difference… I tried prolotherapy injections, and yes, they helped […] I am happy to say it’s now four weeks later and my knee is much better, even though he said it would take about eight weeks to achieve the optimal effect. If this means I can expect more improvement, I’m all for it! I’ve spent my adult life being active and teaching yoga and qi gong, so having a “bum” knee wasn’t something I ever thought would happen to me. I would tell anybody considering finding a naturopath that Dr. Erik Nelson should be their first choice. He was my first choice once I walked in the door, and I’m grateful to him for his help. I wish he were staying in Arizona. I’m happy to recommend him to anybody looking for a competent and caring physician.” Phyllis Cochran
At our clinic in Calgary, Dr. Nelson, ND utilizes a holistic view of your health. He’s always working with your body, not against it. Your not just going to get a shot in the knee and be sent home.
Dr. Nelson, ND works with you to create a custom protocol that factors in everything that could be contributing to your pain so that you heal right the first time. Your personal healing plan might also include optimizing your:
It depends on each person. Usually, two to four injections are the average, if you are a relatively healthy person.
Older patients or someone dealing with other health problems that will impair their ability to heal such as diabetes, typically need a few more injections.
…I’m able to run again without major discomfort
“Any runner with a long-lasting injury can attest to how frustrating it can be to be sidelined. After seeing a total of four doctors in my case, I was provided various recommendations: wear custom orthotics, surgery, see a physical therapist, see a chiropractor, get acupuncture, rest, ice, medicate. After about nine months of no improvement (and three diagnoses of sesamoiditis) my doctors ultimately threw their hands up and said they were “baffled” and that running and impact activity were no longer advisable with my injuries. I refused to buy into believing that running was not in the cards for me ever again. So I decided to look elsewhere. And my search landed me in Dr. Nelson’s office to discuss prolotherapy. Three treatments later, my pain is down significantly and I’m able to run again without major discomfort… all thanks to Dr. Nelson!” Mark Trueman
At your first appointment, Dr. Nelson, ND will take his time to give you a physical exam and talk to you about what you’ve tried in the past to solve your chronic pain. He’ll also order any labs or imaging he’ll need before your first prolotherapy treatment.
At your second appointment, Dr. Nelson, ND will go over any results from the testing he ordered with you and then give your first prolotherapy injection.
He will also go over your therapeutic exercise program with you and any other health recommendations he has to support your healing like supplements and nutrition.
After your 1st injection, you will continue to come back and see Dr. Nelson, ND every 2-3 weeks until you’ve healed.
Your final appointment with Dr. Nelson, ND will give you a long-term plan so that you can maintain the results you’ve gotten so that you can continue to progress and return enjoying your life without pain or discomfort.