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 knee is the largest joint in the body. It is subject to a wide variety of traumatic, mechanical and inflammatory disorders. The leading injuries to the knee in both adults and children alike are primarily ligament strains and tears, including the patellar ligament as well as supporting ligaments around the joint. Meniscus injuries are also a common cause of knee pain, accounting for one sixth of knee surgeries. Meniscal damage can be caused by either trauma or gradual degeneration. Tears are the most common form of meniscal injuries, and have poor healing ability primarily because less than 25% of the menisci receive a direct blood supply. Another interesting fact is that the medial meniscus firmly adheres to the deep surface of the medial collateral ligament (MCL), an important stabilizing ligament. Therefore injury to the medial meniscus will very often also result in injury and sprain to the MCL. The cause of the knee pain may be the MCL sprain, but MCL sprains are usually not addressed, especially if the MRI shows a meniscal tear. This could explain pain persisting after meniscal surgery.

MRI’s can be misleading in diagnosing knee pain because they may show abnormalities not related to the patient’s current pain complaint. Many studies have documented the fact that abnormal MRI findings exist in large groups of pain-free individuals. The finding of asymptomatic changes in knee joints during surgery is also not uncommon. One study looked at the value of MRI’s in the treatment of knee injuries and concluded “Overall, magnetic resonance imaging diagnoses added little guidance to patient management and at times provided spurious [false] information.” (LaPrade RF et al American Journal of Sports Medicine. 22(6):739-745) Therefore MRI findings should always be correlated to a patient’s current pain complaint, history and examination.

Conditions which have been successfully treated with Prolotherapy, PRP Prolotherapy and Biocellular (Stem/Stromal Cell) Prolotherapy include: Degenerative Arthritis, Meniscal Tears, Medial Collateral Ligament Sprains, Coronary Ligament Sprains, Pes Anserinus Tendonitis, Patellar Tendonopathy, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprains and partial ACL tears.
 

MEDICAL PUBLICATIONS
Prolotherapy for Knee Pain
Practical Pain Management Journal, July/August 2007
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Platelet-Rich Plasma: Intra-articular knee injections produced favorable results on degenerative cartilage lesions.
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc (2010) 18:472-479.
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Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy as First-Line Treatment for Meniscal Pathology
Practical Pain Management Journal, August 2010
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PATIENT SUCCESS STORIES
Tali is an unusual patient because she is an animal. She can’t speak and tell you she is feeling better after she had her knee treated with PRP Prolotherapy, but she can show you in this video. This short video also addresses a commonly asked question “Is PRP Placebo” (i.e. is improvement real or is it just because the patient wants it to be?). It is well agreed in medicine that animals do not experience this placebo phenomena because they have no expectations of improvement.
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“Dr. Alderman has been a blessing to me, she’s one of the kindest doctors I’ve ever been to…. Due to Dr. Alderman my 25 year old knee pain is now 95% better.”
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“My condition went from extreme pain in my knee and an inability to walk to a full and complete recovery.”
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“During the course of treatment, I managed to complete another triathlon, my first 10K run, a successful weight lifting program & training for a marathon.”
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“I had chronic knee pain for 14 years… I am no longer in constant pain…”
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“I am now able to run, hike, and play basketball at full speed - none of which was happening before my treatment.”
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“I had pain all the time on my left knee. After Prolotherapy, my life went back to normal.”
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“I’m almost 70 years old and can do the hula again!”
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“After 4 treatments and advice from Dr. Alderman she turned my life into a miracle.”
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“The knee Dr. Alderman treated with PRP is pain free.”
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“After Prolotherapy I’ve begun performing and teaching again.”
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“After 4 treatments of PRP, with steadily increasing activity in-between, I have been able to drop weight, run, climb and enjoy the outdoors in ways I thought would never again be available to me."
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“My knees feel better than ever. At 65 I feel I have mobility of a 35 year old!”
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“Within 3 weeks I was able to walk freely without pain.”
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“Even my dog is happy as now we can go on long hikes!”
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“Feel like I’ve been given a second chance to be an athlete again”
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“I’m playing all the sports I used to with no pain.”
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“I would recommend Prolo to anyone facing the problems I had as an alternative to surgery.”
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“MD’s told me surgery & tendon graft was the only way to save my knee!! Who’s laughing now?!”
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“I’m living proof that Prolotherapy works.”
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“…no replacement surgery was authorized. My options were bleak - pain management only.”
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“I hobbled into Dr. Alderman where my life changed forever… I love Prolo!!”
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“I don’t have to use the handicap carts in stores.”
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“It’s great to be able to stand in front of my students for an entire class - in fact, several classes - without pain.”
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