Prolozone therapy is an alternative, non-surgical treatment that may be used for all forms of musculoskeletal and joint pain. It involves the injection of natural collagen-producing substances and ozone gas into the painful areas of the body. See how prolozone injections offered at Wellspring Health Center in Eden Prairie can help heal your pain.
What is prolozone?
Prolozone is a regenerative injection technique using natural medicine plus ozone. Prolozone is derived from the Latin word “proli” which means to proliferate, regenerate, and rebuild. Prolozone is so named because the treatment uses ozone to stimulate healing, proliferation, regeneration, and rebuilding of new ligament and cartilage tissue in areas where they have become weak and painful. This technique was developed by Frank Shallenberger, M.D., HMD in 1990.
How is prolozone different than cortisone (steroid) shots?
Cortisone (steroid) shots are a temporary solution and only mask the pain; they do not fix the cause. Cortisone shots can permanently damage bones, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, and tendons resulting in a weakening of the joint and resultant degenerative joint disease (DJD), osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fractures, and muscle weakness. Doctors typically limit the number of cortisone shots because of the potential damage they can cause. In contrast, prolozone injections do not damage the joint or surrounding tissues but signal “growth factors” to heal, repair and strengthen the connective tissues around the painful area. Prolozone can provide a permanent fix to the underlying cause of pain without the negative side-effects of cortisone shots.
What is in the prolozone solution?
The typical solution contains a blend of procaine, B-vitamins, proliferatives, anti-inflammatory medicine, and a mixture of ozone/oxygen gas. Ozone is a naturally-occurring gas composed of three atoms of oxygen (O3). It is a naturally-occurring molecule that safely promotes cellular regeneration and stimulates the immune system to heal damaged tissue. The combination works to create an ideal environment for pain reduction and healing of degenerated or injured tissues.
How does prolozone reduce pain and regenerate tissues?
Prolozone involves the injection of nutrients and ozone around painful nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments. It works by stimulating the body’s immune system at the cellular level. It increases the amount of oxygen to the area, which reduces pain and boosts the body’s healing ability. Prolozone also stimulates specific cells in the body to regenerate collagen and cartilage that the body uses to repair damaged ligaments and joints. This regenerative activity strengthens and tightens the injured tissues, thereby stabilizing the area and removing the cause of pain.
What conditions can prolozone treat?
The most common ailments treated with Prolozone at Wellspring Health Center include shoulder pain from rotator cuff injuries, osteoarthritis of the knee, and back or neck pain from disc herniation or osteoarthritis of the spine. It is also excellent for many other types of musculoskeletal or joint pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and virtually any sports injury. Specific pain conditions include:
- Neck Pain
- TMJ Syndrome
- Degenerated discs
- Herniated Discs
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Torn Meniscus
- Low Back Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone on Bone Conditions
- Sports Injuries
- Post Surgical Pain
- Prosthetic Joints
- Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
Prolozone should always be considered as a treatment to address the cause of pain rather than the dangerous treatments involving prescription medications, steroid injections, and especially surgery.
What to expect
Your health history and current medications will be reviewed by our Eden Prairie team before any treatment. Our medical provider will also want to know if you’ve been taking any anticoagulant drugs (blood thinners), including aspirin. A physical assessment will be performed, and the provider will ask how your symptoms affect your daily activities. You will be asked to identify the affected areas so they may be examined. Depending upon the location of your pain, you may need to disrobe.
After our medical provider examines you, she will then prepare and inject the sterile medical Prolozone mixture. You will be sitting or lying in a comfortable position. There is usually minimal to no pain with the injection.
The response to treatment varies from individual to individual and depends upon one’s healing ability and level of injury.
The injection process is repeated on average between 4-6 times approximately every 2 weeks until maximum improvement is noted. Because of the regenerative abilities of prolozone, about 75% of chronic pain sufferers become permanently pain-free. And in some cases, booster shots may be needed after several months due to overuse or wear and tear.
Does my insurance cover prolozone therapy?
Most health insurance policies do not currently cover prolozone injections. Our patient advocate will discuss payment options with you before any treatment.
Want to know if you’re a candidate for prolozone?
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation (in-person or via phone) at Wellspring Health Center in Eden Prairie, MN. Please bring any recent x-rays or diagnostic test results to the complimentary consultation.