The information on this website is for educational purposes only. Do not act or rely upon the information on this website without seeking independent professional medical advice.  Prolotherapy is a medical technique. As with any medical technique, results will vary among individuals, and there is no guarantee that you will receive the same outcome as patient reports here. Prolotherapy injections may not work for you and as with all medical procedures there are risks involved. These risks should be discussed with a qualified health care professional prior to any treatment so that you have proper informed consent and understand that there are no guarantees to healing.

The elbow is a strong hinge joint that allows flexion and rotation of the forearm. It also is the origin for most of the muscle of the wrist and hand, so is important for function of the arm. Three bones (humerus, radius and ulna) come together at the elbow joint, and where all three bones connect is called the “condyle”. The areas around this connection is called the “epicondyle” (“epi” is Greek for “over” or near”) . A common type of elbow diagnosis is “epicondylitis” (“itis” meaning inflammation), with the portion facing the inside of the body “medial”, or the outside of the body “lateral”. Attached at the condyles are tendons of muscles which connect to the wrist and either flex or extend it. Therefore another common diagnosis is “flexor” or “extensor” tendonitis depending on which side of the elbow the problem is on (flexor tendons are medial, extensor tendons are lateral). Typically when there is an issue with inflammation of these tendons and the tendon does not heal, it will flip over into “tendonosis”, which is a non-healing condition of the tendon. It is not inflamed anymore but is also not trying to heal, rather the collagen fibers are not repairing faster than they are breaking down so it is considered a degenerative condition. Prolotherapy, PRP Prolotherapy and Biocellular Prolotherapy can help with: medial or lateral epicondylitis (golfers or tennis elbow), extensor or flexor tendonitis/tendonosis or tears, and ulnar collateral or radial collateral ligament tears. Other ligaments around the elbow joint are the annular ligament and the distal biceps and these can also be treated.
MEDICAL PUBLICATIONS
Hemwall-Hackett Dextrose Prolotherapy for Unresolved Elbow Pain. (2009)
This retrospective pilot study demonstrates improvement in pain, stiffness and quality of life for individuals treated with Prolotherapy for elbow pain.

Prolotherapy for Golfing Injuries and Pain. (2008)
Prolotherapy is effective in treating "golfers" elbow along with other golf related injuries.

Ongoing Positive Effect of Platelet Rich Plasma vs. Cortisone Injection in Lateral Epicondylitis: A Double Blind Controlled Trial With 2 year Follow Up. (2011)
Reduction of pain and increase in function was significant for patients in this trial study even after two years and especially as compared to those receiving cortisone.



PATIENT SUCCESS STORIES
“By March 2008 I had regained 85% mobility/strength and by April I was up to 95% which was when I received my last treatment.”
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"I almost feel 100% better thanks to Prolotherapy."
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"Now the pain is completely gone"
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"I didn't think it would ever get better but Prolotherapy helped tremendously"
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"By getting Prolotherapy I don't have any pain in my elbow or shoulder and when I do it is very weak."
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"Prior to Prolotherapy, I was seen by two orthopedic surgeons; had two MRIs done; got a cortisone shot; and underwent a month of physical therapy. When none of these treatments improved my elbow pain, I thought that I would have to live with the disabled elbow the rest of my life... Now it is at 95% and getting better every day."
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"The therapy worked great. Nothing else I tried worked."
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"After four sessions I am able to use my elbow as much as I want"
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"My Prolotherapy experience was wonderful!"
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"After being in pain for so long and fearing I might have to leave a career I love, I was ready to begin!"
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"I was told by workers comp that the only solution was surgery, thankfully though I found Prolotherapy and now I can continue on with my life."
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