Prolotherapy for Low Back Pain

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Prolotherapy involves injecting a substance in or near the joint. The injection is intended to cause inflammation. The body responds to the inflammation by increasing blood flow to the area and stimulating repair in the area. This may reduce pain. Usually a person has a series of treatments.

Prolotherapy injections alone may not be helpful for chronic low back pain. But they may reduce pain and help you be more active if they are used in addition to other treatment such as exercise and spinal manipulation.

The biggest risk in prolotherapy treatment is nerve damage from an injection placed too close to a nerve. Most pain experts do not recommend prolotherapy for low back pain.

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Current as of: February 23, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Nancy Greenwald MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation




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