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Prolotherapy Specialist

Focused Pain Relief

David J Foreit, D.O.

Pain Relief located in Highland, IN

Prolotherapy injections have an 80-year history as a successful treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. At Focused Pain Relief in downtown Highland, Indiana, dedicated pain relief specialist David Foreit, DO, provides prolotherapy as a convenient non-drug solution for chronic low back and joint pain. To learn more about this highly effective pain relief option, call the office or Request your appointment using the online appointment maker now.

Prolotherapy Q&A

What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is an injection therapy with a proven history of safely and efficiently easing chronic lower back pain, joint pain, and other types of pain-causing conditions and injuries. 

Typically, your body doesn't heal ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bones very efficiently because there’s not a lot of blood supply to these tissues. For this reason, an acute (short-term) injury may turn into a chronic (long-term) one. 

Prolotherapy overcomes your body’s built-in healing drawbacks by forcing it to start a supercharged healing response. The prolotherapy solution, or proliferant, includes a local anesthetic along with saline and dextrose (sugar).

The proliferant is injected into areas where ligaments, tendons, and cartilage are torn or injured. These injections act as an irritant, launching your body’s natural repair and recovery processes causing a localized inflammatory process that stimulates new tissue growth reinforcing damaged or weakened tissue. 

As the tissue strengthens, your pain decreases, and you’re better able to resume the activities you enjoy.

What can I expect with prolotherapy treatments?

During a prolotherapy treatment session at Focused Pain Relief, Dr. Foreit uses a thin needle to precisely inject the proliferant into the area where your pain starts. Thanks to the included local anesthetic, prolotherapy injections are usually well-tolerated.

There’s no downtime after prolotherapy injections, but you may be sore for a few days. Soreness is a good sign — it Soreness means the injection caused the intended inflammation that stimulates your body’s recovery responses. You can use moist heat (not cold, as it decreases inflammation) to ease discomfort.

Dr. Foreit will give you specific instructions about what to avoid. For example, you can’t take anti-inflammatory medications because they can keep the proliferant from doing its job. But, you can take medications like acetaminophen if needed for pain. Dr. Foreit may also recommend nutritional supplements that support healing. 

How effective is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy can offer relief for a great many people who undergo this treatment for chronic pain. To get maximum results from your prolotherapy treatment, completing the entire prescribed treatment course is essential. The average prolotherapy treatment course lasts three to six months, with injections every couple of weeks.

To learn more about how prolotherapy can relieve your chronic pain, call Focused Pain Relief or click on the provided appointment scheduling tool now.