Shoulder Pain

Prolotherapy is the preferred treatment for chronic pain and weakness of the shoulder due to looseness (laxity) of the shoulder capsule. The shoulder capsule is the structure that holds the shoulder joint together, connecting the upper arm bone (humerus) to the scapula. It lies under the rotator cuff, which is a series of muscles that wrap around the shoulder and help with the function. Prolotherapy to tighten and strengthen the shoulder capsule may be a much better treatment option than surgery, unless numerous dislocations have weakened the capsule to the point where surgery is the only alternative. Microscopic damage of tendons and tendon attachments of the rotator cuff are also successfully treated with Prolotherapy. Usual treatment for the shoulder involves 4-5 injection visits, spaced 3 weeks apart.

Elbow Pain

Individuals suffering from tennis elbow and other tendon injuries to the elbow can be treated with Prolotherapy. For chronic tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) that does not respond to one steroid injection or physical therapy, Prolotherapy is the best treatment. Other areas successfully treated in the elbow include medial epicondylitis, and tendinosis of the triceps attachment on the elbow. Injections are minimal and require 3-4 sets of injections.