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 ProlotherapyDiary.com 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.