Prolozone therapy is a non-invasive alternative treatment for musculoskeletal pain. It is an injection of natural collagen-producing substances and ozone gas into the painful areas. Discover how prolozone injections, available at Wellspring Health Center in Eden Prairie, may help you recover from chronic pain without the use of steroids or pain medications.
What is prolozone?
Prolozone is a regenerative injection method that combines natural medicine with ozone. The term “prolozone” derives from the Latin word “proli,” which means to proliferate, regenerate, and reconstruct. Prolozone is so named because the therapy utilizes ozone to promote healing, proliferation, regeneration and reconstruction of new ligament and cartilage tissue in areas that have grown weak and uncomfortable. The technique was developed by Frank Shallenberger, M.D., HMD, in 1990.
How is prolozone different from cortisone (steroid) shots?
Cortisone (steroid) injections are simply a short-term remedy and do not address the underlying problem. When cortisone injections are given, the joints weaken and become more susceptible to arthritis, osteoporosis, fractures and muscular weakness due to long-term damage to the joints. For this reason, doctors often restrict the number of cortisone shots they will administer.
It is a different story with prolozone injections, which do not harm joints or other surrounding tissues but activate “growth factors” that encourage healing, repair and strengthening of the connective tissue in the painful area. With prolozone, pain may be permanently alleviated without the adverse side effects of cortisone injections.
What is in the prolozone solution?
A standard solution comprises procaine, B vitamins, proliferative, anti-inflammatory medicine, and a combination of ozone/oxygen gas. Ozone is a naturally occurring gas made up of three oxygen atoms (O3). It is a naturally occurring molecule that promotes cell regeneration and encourages the immune system to repair damaged tissue safely. The combination creates an excellent environment for pain relief and tissue repair.
How does prolozone reduce pain and regenerate tissues?
Prolozone is a technique that includes injecting nutrients and ozone into sore or painful nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments. It operates at a cellular level to stimulate the body’s immune system and increases the quantity of oxygen in the area, thereby reducing pain and enhancing the body’s ability to recover.
Additionally, prolozone encourages particular cells in the body to create collagen and cartilage, which the body utilizes to heal injured ligaments and joints. This restorative action strengthens and tightens the damaged tissues, stabilizing the region and alleviating pain.
What conditions can prolozone treat?
Prolozone is most often used at Wellspring Health Center to address shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff injuries, knee osteoarthritis, and back or neck pain caused by disc herniation or osteoarthritis of the spine. Additionally, it is beneficial for various other musculoskeletal or joint pain conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and nearly any sports injury. Specific pain conditions include the following:
- 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 explored as an alternative to risky therapies such as prescription drugs, steroid injections, and especially surgery.
What to expect
Before beginning any therapy, our Eden Prairie staff will thoroughly assess your medical history and current medications. Additionally, our medical provider will want to inquire about your use of anticoagulant medications (blood thinners), such as aspirin. The provider will conduct a physical examination and inquire how your symptoms interfere with your regular activities. You will be asked to specify the affected areas so they can be examined. You may be required to disrobe based on the location of your pain.
Following an examination by our medical provider, they will prepare and inject the sterile medical prolozone mixture. You will be seated or lying in a comfortable position. Typically, there is little to no pain associated with the injection. The response to this treatment varies from person to person and is dependent on the individual’s capacity to recover and the severity of the injury.
Typically, the injection procedure is repeated four to six times, about every two weeks, until optimum improvement can be seen. Prolozone’s regenerative properties enable around 75% of chronic pain patients to achieve permanent pain relief. However, booster doses may be required after many months of usage or wear and tear.
Does my insurance cover prolozone therapy?
In most cases, prolozone injections are not yet covered by health insurance policies. You will have the opportunity to discuss payment alternatives with our patient advocate before any treatment begins.
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.