what is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy involves the use of an irritant solution that is carefully injected into a joint, ligament, or tendon in order to create inflammation and elevate the blood supply to that specific area. This heightened blood supply encourages cell growth and tissue restoration. As an innovative pain management treatment, prolotherapy enhances function and stimulates the body's natural healing response. Experienced orthopedic physician Dr. Christopher Williams at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta offers prolotherapy to help treat symptoms associated with a number of conditions, including arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and tendinitis. Learn more about innovative prolotherapy by contacting our Atlanta, GA facility to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Williams and his skilled team.
"Dr. Williams treated me as a whole body instead of a collection of symptoms. He listened, validated, and provided feedback. He was compassionate, informative, and forward thinking. It was by far the best medical experience I’ve had."- B.T. / Google / May 03, 2023
"This review is intended to be a 10 star review. This review is coming from a health care provider who is very selective when it comes to choosing a health care provider for my own health needs. July of this year I have had a procedure done at IOA, Dr. Chris Williams. Everything about my experience has exceeded my expectation. Dr. Williams has outstanding, exceptional clinical skills and demonstrate great deal of compassion and desire to truly help my condition. He has excellent communication skills and just very nice down to earth MD. I have experienced no pain throughout the procedure, very mild discomfort afterwards, and I am pleased with the outcome. The IOA office is beautiful, clean, calm, wonderful staff, and very welcoming. When you choose a doctor clinical skills and experience matters. However, when you find MD who is also very easy to relate to, has excellent communication skills, and just a very nice person, you got a winner. Dr. Williams and IOA, is my best recommendation for all of you who care to read this review. I have no doubt that any one of you will have the same wonderful experience I have had with Dr. Williams and staff."- A.K. / Google / Sep 02, 2022
"I was in an auto accident and went to Dr. William's office for a consultation. He performed a detailed examination and came up with a plan of action. Injections were administered and I am feeling better than I have in a long time. Dr. Williams and his staff took care of me very well throughout my procedure. I am scheduling to have another procedure to help me regain even more of my mobility and strength. If you are on the fence I would highly consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Williams and his staff."- A.K. / Google / Sep 29, 2021
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"When my hope was dashed by years of severe pain and misdiagnosis and mistreatment, by drs in San Francisco, I met Dr Williams. He diagnosed my problem correctly based on a very inexpensive test and told me what I needed to do and where to go to learn about what I needed to do to get out of pain and back into the world. I’m working sure and steady towards recovery and not there yet but if it weren’t for Dr Williams I don’t know where I would be. I wish that every person in need would meet a Dr like Dr Williams. He is kind and he made the difference for me. His staff are nice and easy to work with."- L.M. / Facebook / Mar 10, 2021
What are the benefits of prolotherapy?
Pain from conditions like arthritis and degenerative disc disease is often managed with medication, but the side effects of these medications can be even more bothersome than the pain itself. Surgery also comes with its own share of complications and risks. Prolotherapy offers an effective alternative for patients who wish to avoid the risks associated with conventional or over-the-counter treatments. Prolotherapy encourages your body's natural healing response and provides a safe and effective means of reducing pain.
am i a candidate for prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is typically considered helpful for most patients and can be administered into various areas of the body, including the back, neck, knees, hands, hips, and shoulders. It is often used to treat chronic and acute pain conditions, including arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and tendinitis, but it could also be successful in treating injuries that create stiffness or lack of mobility. During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Williams will be able to evaluate your condition and symptoms in order to determine if you would be an ideal candidate for prolotherapy treatments.
how is a Prolotherapy Treatment performed?
The prolotherapy process involves injecting affected joints, ligaments, or tendons with a combination of irritants and a numbing agent. Dr. Williams will skillfully and carefully inject the solution into the targeted area in order to stimulate the body's natural healing response. The complete prolotherapy treatment takes around 30 minutes to complete, and you will be able to return home following the procedure. You will experience some inflammation within the area as the blood flow begins to increase. For the majority of patients, a series of treatments are necessary to promote the growth and restoration of the new healthy tissues.
how many prolotherapy treatments will i need?
Following your prolotherapy treatment, you can expect to experience some slight stiffness, swelling, and bruising in the treated areas. However, this should go away relatively quickly and you can resume your normal activities whenever you feel comfortable. Follow-up treatments are typically needed to maintain successful results, and they can be spaced about four weeks apart. Many patients will receive anywhere from 3 – 6 treatments of prolotherapy. Throughout the treatment process, Dr. Williams may make any needed adjustments to fit your needs in order to offer the best possible results.
Is prolotherapy safe?
In the hands of a properly trained specialist, prolotherapy is considered a safe treatment for tissue damage and pain. Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta can review what's involved, including potential risks, during an initial assessment. Prolotherapy is especially safe when compared with alternatives like invasive surgery.
Does prolotherapy hurt?
Our team provides a numbing agent — so your prolotherapy treatment is as comfortable as possible. Of course, patients may feel a pinch as the needle is administered into the skin. Any discomfort is minimal and manageable, but speak with a member of our staff if you are still concerned about pain.
How do I prepare for prolotherapy?
Dr. Williams will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for prolotherapy. We generally recommend avoiding anti-inflammatories before coming in for your injections. Remember to inform us about any health conditions or other medications that may interfere with results. We're dedicated to your success.
Does prolotherapy treat pain?
Prolotherapy has shown it can reduce pain, improve healing, and increase function for a wide variety of patients. Prolotherapy works to treat pain by stimulating the body's healing functions to produce healthy new tissue and reduce inflammation.
How many prolotherapy treatments will I need?
The number of prolotherapy treatments needed will depend on a number of factors, including treatment area, health, condition, and more. During your consultation at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Williams will examine you, go over your medical history, and determine the number of treatments to help you reach your goals. Most patients will see the best results from a series of treatments.
get healing and relief
As a minimally invasive treatment option, prolotherapy can successfully increase cell growth and provide restorative results for patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams works with patients to curate the optimal treatment plan with prolotherapy. Contact our Atlanta, GA facility to learn more about prolotherapy and schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Williams.
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