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Prolozone

Friend to your muscles and joints

Prolozone (not to be confused with the similarly-named “prolotherapy”) is a non-surgical method of treating musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain. It is a simple but powerful treatment that helps the body to kick-start its own regeneration and repair.

In conventional medicine today the current mainstay of therapy for joint, ligament, cartilage, and muscle pains includes

• Corticosteroid injections
• Anti-inflammatory medications (ibupro fen, aspirin, naproxen, meloxicam, etc)
• Pain medications (tylenol, narcotics, etc)
• Joint replacement

These treatments certainly have their place and can be very helpful when used appropriately, but unfortunately they do nothing to help address the underlying cause of the inflammation and pain, and they generally don’t improve the body’s ability to heal itself. In fact, with long term use steroids and prescription anti-inflammatories do just the opposite, making you more and more dependent on the very treatments that can potentially make you worse.

Prolozone improves the body’s ability to heal by addressing the main causes of degradation– poor oxygenation and nutritional status. It involves injecting liquid vitamins and nutrients directly into the area needing help. This injection is immediately followed by ozone gas. Together the ozone and nutrients work synergistically to turn off the body’s inflammatory mechanisms that cause pain, swelling, and deterioration while turning on the healing mechanisms that promote growth of new, healthy tissue.

While the use of ozone gas as a medical therapy has gained widespread popularity outside the U.S. it is still gaining traction here. To fully understand the benefits of prolozone it is helpful to understand how ozone works.

What are the areas most frequently treated with prolozone?

Prolozone can be safely injected into any part of the body that is routinely treated in a typical outpatient setting. Shoulders, knees and hips are among some of our most popular sites, but it is also very effective treatment for tendinitis, bursitis, and muscular pain or trigger points. Although we frequently inject the muscles surrounding the spine, we do not inject directly in the spine as any spinal procedure should be done in a more acute facility with imaging such as fluoroscopy.

What can I expect during the injection?

It is relatively simple and painless. First the vitamin mixture is injected with a small needle. The needle then stays in while the vitamin syringe is swapped out for the ozone syringe. A small amount of ozone is then injected and voilà! You’re finished.

What can expect after my injection?

For the first 24-48 hours you should expect soreness in the injected area. This is a normal reaction as your body is working overtime, sending the healing messengers to that area. The healing process is usually accompanied by some swelling and pain but it shouldn’t be excessive. While we don’t tell our patients to restrict their physical activity after injection, we do recommend taking it easy for a couple days after.

How many injections will be necessary?

It depends on the patient. Some people get years of relief after only one injection, some need 3-4 injections before noticing much difference, and some don’t respond at all. As a general rule we tell patients to plan on 3 injections (each two weeks apart) before reevaluating.

What are the things I can do to maximize the efficacy of my prolozone injection?

There is a phrase we often like to use that says “what heals one cell heals all cells.” The most powerful thing you can do to maximize your prolozone efficacy is to focus on the health of your body overall. This includes optimizing your nutritional status, getting plenty of rest, and avoiding the main culprits causing inflammation (fast food, sugars, inactivity, smoking, soda, stress…just to name a few). We have several anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements we are happy to recommend if you need additional help or support.

What is the cost?

Each patient is different regarding how many vitamin syringes are needed, how many areas are treated, and how many treatments are recommended. We charge $150 per syringe and most people can get 2-4 areas treated with one syringe. To get an accurate cost estimate we recommend you come in for a free consultation.

What is ozone therapy?

From the American Academy of
Ozonotherapy:

Ozonotherapy is the use of medical grade ozone, a highly reactive form of pure oxygen, to create a curative response in the body. The body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick it is because this potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to remove many of these impediments thus allowing the body to do what it does best – heal itself.

Ozonotherapy has been and continues to be used in European clinics and hospitals for over fifty years. It was even used here in the United States in a limited capacity in the early part of the 20th century. There are professional medical ozonotherapy societies in over ten countries worldwide.
Ozonotherapy was introduced into the United States in the early 80’s, and has been increasingly used in recent decades. It has been found useful in various diseases:

• It activates the immune system in infectious diseases.
• It improves the cellular utilization of oxygen that reduces ischemia (low blood flow) in cardiovascular diseases, and in many of the infirmities of aging.
• It causes the release of growth factors that stimulate damaged joints and degenerative discs to regenerate.
• It can dramatically reduce or even eliminate many cases of chronic pain through its action on pain receptors.
• Published papers have demonstrated its healing effects on interstitial cystitis, chronic hepatitis, herpes infections, dental infections, diabetes, and macular degeneration.

What is the difference between ozone and prolozone?

Ozone refers to the O3 gas, while prolozone refers to the procedure that involves the ozone gas. There are many other medical treatments that utilize ozone by itself (major autohemotherapy, insufflation, etc) and these do not include the vitamin and nutrients that are injected in the prolozone procedure.

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