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Prolotherapy

Dr. Jennifer Stebbing DO Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine

Osteopathic and Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine Specialist in Camas, WA

If you suffer from issues like lower back, muscle, or joint pain, prolotherapy can be an effective way to help manage your condition. Specializing in osteopathic care and comprehensive pain management, Dr. Jennifer Stebbing DO founder of Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine in Camas, Washington, provides a number of treatments that promote healing, improved function, and reduced pain. To find out if prolotherapy can help relieve your musculoskeletal pain, call or book an appointment online today.

Prolotherapy Q & A

What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy (proliferative therapy) was the first regenerative treatment for joint arthritis. It is a simple elegant procedure used to strengthen the bonds between tendons and ligaments to bone. Tendon and ligament injuries can result in pain, weakness, and reduced function in areas all over the body.

What are ligaments?

Ligaments connect bone to bone. They are both strong and pliable. Ligaments are composed of fibrous bands, which are multi directional and interlacing, allowing them to control any motion of the joint. They are important for joint stability. Instability or ligament laxity at the joint can eventually lead to arthritis, an abnormal bio-mechanical wear pattern. Although ligaments are able to withstand a lot of force, repetitive injuries can weaken them. If ligaments don’t heal, even small movements of the involved joint can cause pain.

What are tendons?

Tendons attach muscles to bone. In certain instances, such as Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), or jumpers knee (patellar tendonitis) the attachment is injured. This causes pain whenever the muscle is under a weighted stress. Like ligaments, tendons should heal within six weeks, but if their healing is interrupted, pain, weakness and/or dysfunction occurs.

What can be treated with prolotherapy?

Dr. Stebbing uses prolotherapy injections to treat many musculoskeletal conditions, including:

Chronic back pain
Neck pain- especially whiplash injuries
Rotator cuff injury
Early Arthritis
Ankle sprains
Scoliosis
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
Pain after car accidents
Pain after surgery
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Hypermobility Syndromes, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Prolotherapy is a safe, non-surgical treatment that can help reduce pain, stabilize your joints, and restore your mobility.

How does prolotherapy work?

Both tendons and ligaments attach to bone. The treatment of prolotherapy involves injecting dextrose (sugar water) at the attachment of ligaments or tendons to bones. Normal healing occurs regularly in our bodies, in the form of inflammation. When an area is injured, platelets rush to the area, they initially stop the bleeding. Then they release growth factors that encourage a new blood supply to the area, orchestrate the events that follow, encouraging collagen repair that is needed to complete the healing.

Please call or email Dr Stebbing to determine if you are a candidate.

For additional information please get a copy of my Book “I Can Sit Again: Non-surgical options for Tailbone Pain”. Further questions about prolotherapy are addressed in the book, such as:

What to expect during prolotherapy treatment.
What to expect after prolotherapy treatment.
What will occur on your first visit.


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