PROLOTHERAPY TREATMENT ADVICE
- Patients usually experience 2 to 3 days
of increased pain after prolotherapy injection
treatment. Some patients have little or
no pain, while others have pain that can last
for a week. Having pain for 2 to 3 days
means that the tissue has been stimulated adequately
and indicates a good response to the procedure.
- To help with the pain after the procedure,
apply ice to the affected area and/or take
non-anti-inflammatory pain medication (Tylenol,
Tylenol w/ Codeine, Vicodin, etc.). It
is a good idea to stay active and not lie down
for long periods, as this will just increase
swelling in the tissue. For your convenience,
gel cold packs are available for purchase in
- To maximize the healing potential of prolotherapy,
nutritional supplementation is recommended.
The best combination of supplements is
one that is individualized depending on the
metabolic type, but a good quality multivitamin
along with a supplement containing specific
collagen precursors is adequate until metabolic
typing is done. Please ask Dr. Kochan or
Ray for more information.
- Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or other
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain
after prolotherapy, as they will suppress the
desired response in the tendons and ligaments
we are treating.
- Avoid vigorous exercise unless this has
been discussed and approved. Activities are
not restricted except for sudden movements,
jerking or sharply compressive movements, such
- Taking an occasional aspirin for cardiac
reasons is OK.
- If you are receiving periodic manipulation
treatment by a chiropractor, ask him/her to
avoid forceful methods if possible. Consultation
with your chiropractor or physical therapist
can be arranged at your request.
- Please call the office if you have any questions
or if you believe that you are having side
effects from your treatment.
- Please keep a written record of the duration
of soreness and report any unusual or interesting
symptoms following the procedure. Before
your next visit try to evaluate whether or
not the last treatment has helped you. Has
your pain been reduced? Are you able to function