By Steven Meier
Cutting edge prolotherapy treatments provide injured patients in Los Angeles with a way to heal in a more natural and long lasting manner. However, many people who could benefit from these procedures may not understand its advantages. As such, we have provided answers to frequently asked questions concerning proliferation therapy for the sake of patient health.
Dr. Steven Meier and the orthopedic surgical team at Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Los Angeles have helped countless patients recover from major injuries through individualized treatment plans. To learn more about prolotherapy treatment, call 310.736.2793 or fill out the online contact form to schedule an appointment today.
Answers to Prolotherapy Questions
Q: What is Prolotherapy?
A: Prolotherapy is a natural substance used to help alleviate some of the chronic pain a patient may be experiencing regarding chronic tendon and ligaments weakness. Injections are usually administered to tendons and ligaments in or around joints.
Q: What is in a Prolotherapy solution?
A: Prolotherapy injections consist of anesthetic agents along with natural substances which stimulate the healing process. These substances are tailored specifically for each patient depending on the severity and location of injury for each patient being treated.
Q: How does Prolotherapy work?
A: Prolotherapy, or proliferation therapy, works by having a solution injected into the injured area or joint. The solution then directly stimulates growth by signaling the healing response to start, in turn strengthens the tissue.
Q: Who may receive Prolotherapy injections?
A: Many people may have the opportunity to receive Prolotherapy if they become injured. Patients, ranging from professional athletes to weekend warriors to high school and college athletes could be eligible for proliferation therapy treatments. Before deciding if proliferation therapy is the correct treatment method, you will need a consultation with a Dr. Meier, an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon in Los Angeles. Consultations can be scheduled by setting up an appointment and calling 310.736.2793.
Q: Where can Prolotherapy injections be administered?
A: Prolotherapy injections may be administered to the tendons and ligaments surrounding the knee, hip, ankle, wrist, elbow, shoulder, spine, and sacroiliac joint. There are many therapeutic applications for regenerative injection therapy.
Q: Is Prolotherapy painful?
A: As with any injection given from a physician, there may always be some pain or discomfort associated with a needle penetrating the skin. The pain from proliferation therapy should be minimal and short term although some tenderness and bruising may occur after the injection. The Prolotherapy injections are administered during an office visit requiring time of about an hour.
Q: Are there side effects of Prolotherapy?
A: Due to Prolotherapy causing inflammation, several side effects could occur. Patients might experience bruising, pain, swelling, heat, stiffness to injection site, nerve tendon and ligament injury and infection. These are the most common and many of these side effects should not last more than a week. On rare occasions these effects may last longer than a week. If the pain is severe and persists longer than 2 weeks, please contact the office in Los Angeles at 310.736.2793.
Q: Who administers the injections?
A: Healthcare providers who are authorized to deliver joint injections can perform Prolotherapy injections. NPs and PAs whose scope of practice permits them to perform corticosteroid injections and joint injections are therefore usually permitted to perform Prolotherapy.
Q: How many treatments and how often might I need Prolotherapy injections?
A: Prolotherapy treatments vary from person to person and from injury to injury. Many patients have experienced some relief of their pain with only one session. The average person requires anywhere from 3-6 treatment sessions spaced about 4-6 weeks apart from each other. Proliferation therapy is contingent on one’s own body to heal itself, due to initiating the healing response. Having a healthy immune system can be very beneficial for progress. Some patients who respond slowly may need a stronger solution to improve the response of the injections.
Q:Will my insurance cover the cost of Prolotherapy injections? How much will it cost?
A: Unfortunately due to insurance companies seeing this as a newer treatment method, they have not generated a code that can be billed to insurance. Therefore, this is a cash procedure which must be paid prior to the service being rendered. Depending on the location of the Prolotherapy injections, cost may range from $275-$500.
Q: Is Prolotherapy legal?
A: Yes, Prolotherapy injections are completely legal treatment options.
Q: Why isn’t Prolotherapy widely talked about?
A: Prolotherapy is seen as a somewhat new treatment although it has been around for about 70 years. Regenerative injection therapy is not taught in medical school so not many doctors are familiar with it. The same goes for PRP therapy and Stem Cell Therapy in Los Angeles. Because not many doctors are aware of such treatment options, the most natural thought used to be physical therapy, to jump straight to surgery, or for patients to accept the pain they are feeling. However, regenerative injection therapy may relieve some pain and delay or prevent the surgery that was once thought was needed immediately. proliferation therapy is not a quick fix and multiple treatments may be necessary depending on the condition being treated.
Additional information on regenerative injection therapy can be found at wikipedia.org.
Find More Proliferative Therapy Answers
If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about what prolotherapy can do for you, get in touch with Dr. Meier and the team at Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Los Angeles. Call 310.736.2793 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment today or learn more about our prolotherapy injection prices.
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