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Suffer from pain in the shoulders elbows wrists or fingers, painful hips or knees, ankles or feet? Prolotherapy is a technique that is used to stabilize sprained ligaments, it can also be used to repair tendon tears, such as in rotator cuff injuries or tennis elbow. As well it is particularly useful in osteoarthritis as it can help regrow worn cartilage.

Prolotherapy involves injecting certain growth promoting solutions into injured or diseased tendons, ligaments or joints. These solutions either contain growth factors themselves or produce inflammation which causes the release of growth factors which help these tissues to proliferate (re-grow and get stronger) and, therefore, to heal. 

The most commonly used solutions are 10 to 25% dextrose (sugar water).  For more serious cases people have been using the patient's own blood or his own platelet rich plasma (PRP), which the patient's blood has been centrifuged and the plasma layer that has the most platelets is extracted.

Prolotherapy involves a series of injections, reportedly ranging from 3 to 10, depending on the condition and the individual being treated. The injection series may cover 3 to 6 months with injections at 2 to 3 week intervals.

Benefits of Prolotherapy

  •     Neck Pain
  •     Low Back Pain
  •     Leg pain
  •     Herniated Discs
  •     Sciatica
  •     Hip pain
  •     Knee pain
  •     Ankle pain and foot pain
  •     Wrist pain
  •     Elbow pain
  •     Shoulder pain
  •     Frozen shoulders
  •     Labral Tears
  •     Headaches
  •     TMJ (jaw) pain
  •     Post Injury/Trauma Pain
  •     Fibromyalgia
  •     Sports Injuries
  •     Yoga overstretch injuries
  •     Arthritis Pain
  •     Loose Joints
  •     Tendonitis
  •     Post fracture treatment
  •     Rib Pain
  •     Any joint pain in the body

 Possible side effects may last a few days include:

  • Swelling due to the inflammatory response which promotes healing
  • Intense pain and stiffness
  • Headache


Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Prolotherapy can also be used instead of dextrose. PROLOZONE is also an option.

The procedure is the same just the substance changes.






To book an appointment call 587-360-1100
He is your Airdrie Naturopath and serving the surrounding, Olds, Didsbury, Drumheller, Cochrane, Calgary area.

Dr. Kin Leung, B.Sc., N.D., CCT, CPCC, FABNO
Naturopathic Fundamentals Wellness Clinic
Unit 6104, 403 MacKenzie Way SW
Airdrie, AB
T4E 3V7

(587) 360-1100