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That’s very much the goal. Prolotherapy in the case of arthritis is a great example of this.

Once arthritis pain gets really bad, the treatment typically recommended is a total replacement, a joint replacement or a total knee arthroplasty, for example. These replacements have a pretty good history and a pretty good prognosis to them. They do a good job of reducing pain and dysfunction.

However, there’s a time limit to how long they’re effective. That’s because the hardware that is put into somebody’s body eventually will break down after 15 to 20 years.

When this happens revision surgery is done and they are not fun. They don’t typically go as well as the first surgery. And usually, the patients are quite a bit older than they were on the first surgery. So they’re not capable of handling as much stress as the original surgery.

That’s where prolotherapy comes in. If you can delay or postpone getting that first surgery until the point where you’re going to live the rest of your life with the original hardware and never have to get a revision you will maintain your active quality of life for as long as you possibly can.
Platelet-rich plasma, which is PRP therapy is a treatment where you take blood out of somebody’s vein, spin it down and take the platelets and inject it into somebody’s injured tissue.

PRP is a little bit more invasive than prolotherapy. It’s actually quite a strong signal for healing but it requires that your blood is healthy. So if you are struggling with other health problems, those platelets are not gonna be doing what we think they’re gonna be doing or what we want them to do.

Prolotherapy doesn’t rely on your platelets as much. Yes, it will stimulate platelets in the area. But typically prolotherapy is just dextrose, anesthetic, some B vitamins that are injected into an area. It’s gonna have a similar response in everybody.

Prolotherapy is a treatment that can basically restart a healing mechanism. Unlike pain killers or cortisone shots, prolotherapy resolves your pain instead of numbing it.

Cortisone is used to calm the immune system down. So if you inject it into an inflamed swollen joint, cortisone will usually calm down that inflammation, and all those signals that are being sent to your brain saying, “Hey, this is painful, don’t walk on it,” for example.

The downside to cortisone is that it simply blocks normal healing mechanisms And using it long-term can cause other problems. It can sometimes cause people to forget that they are still injured and they think they can go run on it for example. That can cause more damage than if they didn’t get any injection in the first place.

The exact opposite is true with prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection. It’s a regenerative procedure and it’s working with the body. It’s not trying to calm the body down or completely blunt the body’s response. It’s responding with the body and telling it, “Hey we didn’t heal right the first time, come back in, do your thing.” And then you can feel safe going back to your favourite activities.
No, prolotherapy is not covered by Alberta Health Services (AHS). It can be covered by some insurance.
Just like any injection, it can be a little bit painful. Usually just poking the needle through the skin, typically is the most pain and discomfort that someone will experience.

There is a little bit of soreness and discomfort that you can expect for one to three days after the injection. That’s because you’re trying to stimulate an immune response that involves inflammation. So it’s normal to a little bit sore after that injection.
It depends on you.

Every person is different so every treatment plan will be different. Meaning the cost will be based off what Dr. Nelson, ND thinks your treatment will be.