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Using Sugar for Pain Relief without Surgery or Down Time

Prolotherapy are injections of sugar that are used to decrease pain and inflammation due joint instability.

“Prolotherapy can result in substantial pain relief without the risks of surgery.”

Using state of the art technology, the spine and sports specialists at Spine & Sports Medicine of New York accurately diagnose, target, and relieve the source of pain, to get you back to your active lifestyle.

What is prolotherapy?

Joints can become unstable over time or with over use. This instability causes the joints to  be eroded resulting in pain. To stiffen up the joint, it is important to stiffen up the ligaments.
To do this, prolotherapy is used to injection a stiffening medication (usually dextrose) into ligaments.
After a local skin anesthetic is applied to numb the injection site, a needle is inserted into  the epidural space. To ensure accuracy and safety, our physicians perform the procedure under ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance to confirm needle placement. Local anesthetic  and a sclerosing solution is delivered into the tissue. Over time this decreases the  inflammation surrounding the erosion of the joint.

How long does it take?

Prolotherapy is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure typically requires 30 minutes, including preparation and recovery time.

How often should this procedure be done?

On average it takes several injections to stiffen the joint. One injection is done every 6  weeks based on the patient’s improvement.

What are the expected results?

Prolotherapy is very successful in relieving the pain associated with loose ligaments. The benefit from these injections will typically occur four to six weeks following the procedure.
This therapy combined with a routine of strengthening and stretching allows many individuals to enjoy a pain free lifestyle.

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