Prolotherapy injections, also known as regenerative injection therapy and ligament re-constructive therapy, is permanent chronic joint pain treatment. Prolotherapy has been used for over 50 years and has an excellent record of success for curing chronic pain. At the Center for Integrated Medicine in Bend, our prolotherapy injections target the functionally insufficient or degenerated connective tissue by the precise injection of a mild irritant solution directly on the ligament or tendon creating a controlled inflammation that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms to create new strengthened tissue. The previously injured tissue goes through the same healing cascade as when it was first injured and is given a second chance to heal. It may take several injections spaced at 1 to 3 week intervals to achieve a maximum result. A popular treatment from our clinic in Bend, Prolotherapy uses the body’s natural healing ability to relieve chronic joint pain, strengthen injured tissues, and restore function. The treatment is over 85% effective in most cases.

Conditions our Bend clinic treats with prolotherapy
Back Pain – Neck Pain – Arthritis – Headache Torn Ligaments & Cartilage – Rotator Cuff – Tendinitis Shoulder Pain – Foot Pain – Knee Pain – Plantar Fascitis Sciatica – Elbow Pain – Hip Pain – Fibromyalgia Leg & Arm Pain – TMJ – Sports Injuries

You may be a candidate for Prolotherapy Injections if you….

Have had chronic joint pain for greater than 6 weeks
Only get temporary relief from chiropractic adjustments
Have arthritis or degenerative joint disease
Having nagging sports injuries
Have joints that click, pop, snap, or grind
Have had orthopedic surgery but still have pain
Have to change position every 10-15 minutes for pain relief

How does it work?
Ligaments hold bones together, while tendons, being somewhat like ligaments in structure, hold muscles to bones. Due to injury or repeated use, the ligaments or tendons may become torn, loose or stretched, resulting in pain, loss of strength and endurance, and possibly arthritic changes. Prolotherapy involves the injection of dextrose or other solutions into the lax or torn areas. This results in a migration of healing cells into the weakened area and the creation new strengthened tissues. The advantage of prolotherapy over other treatment options is that it generally results in normalization of joint biomechanics, less chance of re-injury, and life long pain elimination.

For more information on Prolotherapy see this website. The Healthy Back Institute website has more information on Prolotherapy. Check out the article Sweet Relief and an article about Osgood Schlatter Disease treated with prolotherapy. Our Bend clinic is experienced with a new form of prolotherapy that involves an injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) also know as Autologous Platelet Concentrate (APC).

NATI is the Naturopathic Academy of Therapeutic Injection.
In addition to being a NATI faculty member, Dr Flattery serves on the NATI Board of directors, and the credentialing committee. Dr. Flattery is a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and member of the AAOM, OANP, and the ACA.