Regenerative injection therapies stimulate the body’s own innate immune system to heal itself. There are several injection therapies that fall under this category. Prolotherapy, PRP prolotherapy, and prolozone are offered at Saskatoon Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Toby Bridgman, ND has been treating patients since 2009 and is an expert in regenerative injection therapy.
WHAT IS 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. Procaine is an over-the-counter, local anesthetic which breaks down in the bloodstream shortly after treatment. It 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. Within a few hours following treatment both medicines will have been completely broken down and the only thing that will remain is the inflammation from the injection.
How is an assessment made?
The doctor will ask the patient a series of questions about the nature of the pain they are experiencing along with a detailed description of their medical history. This will be followed by a physical examination of the affected area. The doctor will then determine if the injections are appropriate and discuss the procedure in detail.
WHAT CONDITIONS BENEFIT THE MOST FROM PROLOTHERAPY?
- sports injuries
- chronic pain after an injury or surgery
- patients experiencing pain in knees, shoulders, lower back, hands and feet
WHAT IS prp PROLOtherapy?
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) prolotherapy uses a procedure which involves the extraction of platelets from the patient's own blood. PRP therapy is a very potent and effective form of prolotherapy. A specific volume of blood is extracted from the patient and placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge then separates the platelets from the rest of the blood cells. The platelets are then drawn into a syringe and mixed with the local anesthetic lidocaine. This mixture is then injected into the joint. This fraction of the blood contains many growth factors that promote tissue repair and regeneration.
If you have any questions about prolotherapy, please call the clinic to schedule a 5 minute phone consult with Dr. Toby Bridgman, ND free of charge.
Prolotherapy | $50.00
Prolozone | $60.00
PRP Prolotherapy (30 cc) | $450.00
PRP Prolotherapy (60 cc) | $550.00
NOTE - All injections will also require a 30-60 minute consultation which will be billed separately.