Prolotherapy Treatments Available in Milwaukee

Prolotherapy, also called proliferation therapy or regenerative injection therapy, is the injection of a specialized natural solution into joint spaces, weakened ligaments or tendon insertions to relieve pain.

Prolotherapy offers less of a risk than surgery and is an effective, in-office treatment requiring no hospitalization, down time, follow-ups or anesthesia. Surgery may be as effective as Prolotherapy however surgery cannot be undone, involves several potential complications like infections and requires down time for recovery. Prolotherapy is more cost-effective than surgery and usually costs less than surgical deductible insurance charges. Prolotherapy also offers faster results and recovery when compared to surgery.

What is Prolotherapy?

The word prolo means proliferation (a rapid reproduction of a cell, part, or organism) and it categorizes this therapy as a reconstruction method that promotes growth and formation of new connective tissues.

Many painful conditions are due to troubles with these areas and frequently they are ineffectively treated with physical therapy, cortisone injections, or surgery. Prolotherapy is a direct non-surgical highly effective treatment for tendon, ligament, and joint dysfunction.

First, it is different because it is non-cortisone. It is very natural and helps stimulate the body’s defenses to strengthen the area in question. What is extremely important is to determine what the generator of a painful problem is, and by careful examination this can be done.

Second, I have the option of treating these areas with specific solutions that strengthen these areas. And number three, after these areas are strengthened, I teach patients how to use proper biomechanics to avoid the continuation of the stresses which produce these conditions in the first place.

It is an injection treatment done in the office and is local. The area is numbed down naturally. You walk in and walk out; it does not require a general anesthetic and it is extremely efficient. Sometimes a series of injections are necessary. It has been highly effective for a number of conditions: neck pain, back pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, and a number of different joints and their associated ligament and tendon connections.

Prolotherapy promotes long-term, often permanent pain relief by stimulating the body’s ability to repair itself.

Frequently, patients have seen a number of other doctors or physicians and have not gotten relief. If you want a direct approach to your problem, prolotherapy is a natural answer. You should not have to tolerate pain.

They are materials that stabilize bones and muscular systems. Ligaments are bone to bone connectors and tendons are pulleys that align muscles to bones. These structures frequently become loose, damaged, and/or partially torn. Dysfunction in these units generates pain. 

By the use of various non-cortisone solutions injected into specific ligaments, tendons, and joints, local inflammation is produced which causes growth and strengthening of the injected areas. 

Candidates include those people with pain who have unsuccessfully tried different medications, physical therapy, and even surgery. 

After thorough evaluation, a series of 2-6 outpatient treatments at 2-4 week intervals are usually needed though every case must be evaluated individually. 

From research you may have learned about the significant benefits of prolotherapy from various sources. The following are some informational sites that you may be interested in reviewing:

An Affordable Regenerative Injection Therapy

Prolotherapy is one of the most popular forms of regenerative injection therapy. Alternatives include stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. While these options are similar to prolotherapy, there are important distinctions.

Stem cell injection therapy involves the use of bone marrow, amniotic fluid, or umbilical cord blood stem cells to treat injury or pain. Similarly, PRP therapy uses a patient’s own enriched blood platelets to treat injuries. Both forms of treatment, along with prolotherapy, are commonly used in sports medicine.

PRP therapy is more invasive as your blood has to first be drawn and then enriched.  Taking stem cells from your bone marrow can be very painful. Prolotherapy is more affordable and less invasive than other regenerative injection therapies and offers pain relief sooner.

Prolotherapy Can Help With The Following Conditions:

Head and Neck Pain

Prolotherapy is beneficial for neck injuries and headaches that originate from the neck.

Some of the most common causes of neck pain are degenerative arthritis, whiplash, muscular ligamentous injuries, disc disease and repetitive motion disorders.

Headaches may be related to abnormal neck conditions, nerve injuries, migraines and trauma.

Proper diagnosis is needed to determine what combination of conventional and alternative treatment will be needed.

Low Back Pain

Back pain and low back injuries and diseases are common health problems that may be due to unresolved sprains/strains, sports activities, car accidents, disc disease and degenerative conditions.

At our pain center, we will identify your specific pain generator and design an individual plan of treatment for you. Prolotherapy for lower back pain is an effective, non-surgical solution to chronic pain.


Arthritis is a common term for degenerative joint disease. In its very advanced form, joint replacement surgery is the standard of care.

However, many patients have degenerative problems and hurt immensely at the earlier stages of arthritis when surgery is not yet necessary. Prolotherapy on the other hand can be very effective at these stages. Some patients have had difficulties after knee or hip surgery and are trying to avoid another surgery and others simply had surgery and are still having problems. Prolotherapy has been found to be very helpful in all of these instances.

Hip Pain

Chronic hip problems are very common and in cases of severely advanced degenerative joint disease, hip replacement surgery may be a helpful treatment.

However, hip surgery may not be the appropriate treatment when hip discomfort and pain is severe but degenerative changes are minimal or moderate. In these cases Prolotherapy can cure and/or improve the problems, stabilize the hip and significantly increase functional activities. Prolotherapy for hip treatment involves injections to the hip joint, tendons and often the sacroiliac joint and its ligaments.

Knee Pain

The knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the most common types of chronic pain conditions. We have all heard about professional athletes who injure their ACL, MCL or other various knee ligaments or tendons around the joint. These knee injuries can happen to anyone and often Prolotherapy is the solution. Prolotherapy for knee pain is safe, effective and non-invasive.

In some cases, knee injuries heal by themselves given adequate time, and other times, seemingly small injuries fail to heal on their own. This may lead to tendinosis or ligamentosis, which are degenerative changes in ligaments and tendons around and inside the knee joint. This is when Prolotherapy treatment can help the most. If not treated in a timely manner, these problems usually deteriorate leading to faster break down, causing degenerative joint diseases that affect both the inside and outside structures of the knee joint. In very advanced severe instances, knee replacement surgery could be your only option.

Fortunately, Prolotherapy for knee pain may offer you a very effective treatment to regain mobility and eliminate pain.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain and problems are frequently due to muscular, ligamentations or joint abnormalities.

Prolotherapy for shoulder pain is an effective and non-surgical solution for pain relief. While complete rotator cuff tears may need surgery, the vast majority of incomplete tears and degenerative changes respond to Prolotherapy.

Call us for an assessment and inquire about other treatments options.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

If you are one of the approximately 11 million people in the US who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disease, you are surely familiar with the clicking and grinding of the jaw, headaches, facial discomfort and even the difficulty eating or talking associated with TMJ disease.

As early as 1937, Dr. Schultz a dentist from Chicago described a simple, reliable and effective injection treatment for TMJ disease after positive experimental and clinical research. Today, this treatment for TMJ is known as Prolotherapy.

Neurology and Pain Treatment Center can help you join the thousands of patients successfully treated by this time-proven method of Prolotherapy. If you would like to learn more about Prolotherapy for TMJ, please call Neurology and Pain Treatment Center to see how we can help you.

Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia is a medical term for muscle pain. The condition is characterized by long-term, body-wide muscle pain and tender points.

Many patients come to Neurology and Pain Treatment Center with the diagnosis of fibromyalgia but careful examination usually reveals that they have both muscle soreness and tenderness at the origins and insertions of many muscles, most commonly located in the upper back and neck. When tenderness at the origins and insertions of muscles is treated with Prolotherapy it significantly relieves the fibromyalgia symptoms.

Neurology and Pain Treatment Center has treated many patients with fibromyalgia and their condition has significantly improved after several courses of Prolotherapy. Complete cure is rare but the good news is that 3 to 4 Prolotherapy series per year make patients comfortable enough to carry on with their daily activities. Call Neurology and Pain Treatment Center to see if Prolotherapy for fibromyalgia is right for you.

Sacroiliac Joint

Sacroiliac joint and sciatica are some of the most common problems treated at Neurology and Pain Treatment Center.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction and instability is rarely a singular problem involving the sacroiliac joint alone. Steroid shots, which are placed inside the joint through the use of x-ray, usually work for a short period of time. Radiofrequency, another method of treating sacroiliac joints that was also recently introduced, heats the nerves outside the joint to cure the problems within the joint. However, if the problem is within this joint, why burn the nerves outside that joint and expect it to be cured?

Both of the above treatments are practiced by many, but accurate diagnosis, skillful manipulation and stabilization of a loose sacroiliac joint, including the other components related to this puzzle, is performed by few. Nearly 85% of Prolotherapy patients achieve stabilization of the joint and greatly improve function after Prolotherapy. This is because all the components of the patient’s problems are methodically investigated and properly addressed. If you are reading this material other methods have likely failed to treat your sacroiliac.

Mid-Back and Chest Pain

Many patients experiencing mid-back or thoracic area problems have been treated effectively with Prolotherapy.

Some statistical data says that thoracic problems are not as common as neck or low back problems; however, at Neurology and Pain Treatment Center almost every patient with neck problems has a significant amount of thoracic discomfort as well. These problems co-exist and complicate one another and usually require simultaneous treatment.

Middle back problems can be caused by various factors including poor body posture while driving or working at the computer, strenuous sports activity, or car accidents. Some complicating factors are scoliosis, large natural breasts, breast enlargement surgery, surgery of the thoracic spine utilizing metal rods and surgery for cervical or lumbar disc with fusion. Many patients with these problems had significant relief after Prolotherapy.

The most common causes of thoracic pain problems are abnormal ligaments, tendons, facets and joints between the ribs and vertebrae. These areas are closely examined and treated with mobilization and regenerative injections.

Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot and ankle pain may originate from muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and joints.

We have found that a significant number of these conditions, which have not responded to conventional treatment, improve dramatically with Prolotherapy.

Arm and Wrist Pain – Tennis and Golfers Elbow

Tennis or golfers elbow is a very common pain condition and can be treated successfully with prolotherapy. Prolotherapy for elbow pain is an effective and non-surgical treatment option available at our pain management clinic.  Recent scientific studies prove that these conditions are degenerative in nature and represent tendinosis. Chronic tendinosis at the elbow that did not respond to steroid injection or physical therapy should be treated with Prolotherapy.

Other areas successfully treated at the elbows are triceps tendinosis and strains of annular, radial and ulnar collateral ligaments. Three to four sessions of Prolotherapy are usually required. In persistent cases more treatment may be needed.

The wrist and hand are very complex structures with many bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Problems may arise from any of these areas and often from several of them. Ligament or tendon damage diagnosed through MRI does not always correlate with the patient’s problem. Often several Prolotherapy injections to most tender areas resolve the problems.

If you are interested in learning more about Prolotherapy for Sacroiliac, please call Neurology and Pain Treatment Center to see how we can help you.

Prolotherapy… You’re Best Option

Your Best Alternative to Surgery and Best Option to Eliminate Your Pain.