PROLOTHERAPY FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

Dr. Toby Bridgman, ND has been treating patients experiencing chronic pain with prolotherapy for the past 8 years. He is an expert in regenerative injection therapy. Prolotherapy is most appropriate for chronic pain in joints and ligaments. Arthritis, joint degeneration, sports injury, back pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain can all be treated effectively with prolotherapy. 

Prolotherapy is an injection therapy for musculoskeletal pain and works by leveraging the body’s own innate ability to heal by causing inflammation. Inflammation is achieved by injecting relatively simple medicines into the joint. The medicines used in a prolotherapy injection are procaine and dextrose (sugar). Procaine is an over-the-counter, local anesthetic which breaks down in the bloodstream shortly after treatment. Procaine allows the injections to be more comfortable by “numbing” the treated area. The second medicine dextrose is a form of sugar and is the active medicine in the injections. The highly concentrated dextrose solution will immediately cause irritation and inflammation in the area injected. After the injection the dextrose will be quickly absorbed by the surrounding tissues and metabolized. In fact, only a few hours after treatment both medicines injected will have been completely broken down. Hours after treatment the only thing that will remain is the inflammation from the injection. The inflammation created stimulates the body’s innate and natural ability to heal itself. 

Saskatchewan is a large province. Traveling to see medical professionals can be time-consuming and expensive. Before coming to see us for a consult, please feel free to call and set up a brief phone consult free of charge with Dr. Bridgman, ND to see if the treatment is appropriate for you. During your initial visit, he will go through a complete review of your health to rule out possible underlying causes for chronic pain. This will include a physical assessment of the areas affected. 

For more information or to book an appointment, please call the clinic at 306-664-2150.

The following studies also discuss the effectiveness of prolotherapy:

 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21703585    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831229/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16162983