Finding a Prolotherapy Doctor Near You

While prolotherapy has been used for more than 75 years to treat injuries and pain related to ligaments and tendon damage in every joint and almost every part of the body, the number of prolotherapy doctors is still relatively small. Our latest research shows that there are approximately 500 doctors doing prolotherapy in the United States.

One of the best ways to find a prolotherapy doctor near you is to look at our list of prolotherapy doctors. You could also do a Google search for “prolotherapy doctors near [your town]” But ultimately how do you know if the doctor you find knows how to perform the injections properly? As with any medical decision, you will need to do some of your own research to make that decision.

The best way to do the research is by looking on to read about the treatments from a patient’s perspective. Choose the joint or area that you are considering having treated and read about this patient’s experience. Prolotherapy injections stimulate growth and strengthening of ligaments wherever the needle touches the bone and the “medicine”, which is mostly sugar, is injected. Thus, areas such as the lower back will need many, many injections during each treatment. Two or three dozen shots into the lower back would probably be the minimum for the treatment to stimulate the proper growth in the area. In contrast prolotherapy treatment in the neck might only take a dozen  shots depending on the injury.

So, your first question about your treatments that you should ask your doctor is how many shots he anticipates you will need. Understanding that every patient is different and responds differently, most people will find substantial relief from chronic pain or total healing in one to six visits, with most being in the 1-3 range depending on the severity fo the problem. To stimulate your body to grow and heal will require many injections at each of those visits. So make sure your prolo therapy doctor is experienced enough and is prepared to treat you with as many shots as it takes.


Dr. Steven C. Shifreen

Prolotherapy Doctor near Hartford

Dr. Steven C. Shifreen

(860) 570-3400

645 Farmington Avenue Suite 2
Hartford, CT 06105-2946
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Dr. Steven C. Shifreen received his Medical Degree (M.D.) in 1982 from the St. George’s University, School of Medicine. He served his Internship and Residency in the Department of Surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael, located in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Shifreen then spent two years providing emergency and ambulatory care at two private clinics. In 1986, Dr. Shifreen joined an established private Medical Practice which also specialized in nonsurgical musculoskeletal medicine (Orthopedic Medicine).

Over the next 25 years, Dr. Shifreen continued to expand his knowledge in this field by taking numerous Continuing Medical Education courses in medicine, orthopedics, manual medicine, osteopathy, and prolotherapy. Dr. Shifreen has studied with such luminaries as Dr. Philip Greenman, Dr. Edward Stiles, Dr. Stephen Myles Davidson, Dr. Thomas Ravin, Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, and Dr. Jon Trister. With Dr. Stiles and Dr. Davidson, Dr. Shifreen has provided a significant number of Continuing Medical Education classes, under his auspices, at his office. Dr. Shifreen regularly volunteers his time to treat indigent patients in Honduras.

In August, 2010, Dr. Shifreen discontinued his General Medical Practice, and now limits his practice to treating pain, especially musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Shifreen treats pain with the most conservative and gentle techniques available. 

Dr. Shifreen stresses proper nutrition, dietary supplements, exercise, reestablishment of proper body mechanics, and restoration of damaged ligaments and tendons using Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT), also known as prolotherapy. Dr. Shifreen is an exceptionally well-trained practitioner of gentle, light touch, osteopathic manipulative therapy, neural prolotherapy, and Field-Mancini vision therapy.

Dr. Shifreen is a member of the Hartford County Medical Association, the Connecticut State Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine.