Prolotherapy Specialist

Vital Health Scores

Integrative Diagnostic & Treatment Center located in Traverse City, MI

Prolotherapy is an alternative treatment that aims to manage pain caused by ligament or joint disorders without medication. At Vital Health Scores, Douglas Wigton, DO, offers prolotherapy and other alternative therapies to men and women in Traverse City, Michigan. To learn more about prolotherapy and how it can help you, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Prolotherapy Q & A

Vital Health Scores

What is prolotherapy?

Dr. Wigton uses prolotherapy as an alternative treatment for joint and ligament pain. This injection contains a natural irritant to help stimulate the growth of tissue to reduce pain and discomfort.

What does prolotherapy treat?

Dr. Wigton uses prolotherapy as a form of treatment for ligament laxity and joint disorders that cause pain, including:

  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Arthritis of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine

Prolotherapy is often used to treat chronic back pain. You may consider prolotherapy as an alternative treatment to help improve your pain if other therapies, such as medication or physical therapy, aren’t as effective at managing your pain as you’d like.

How does prolotherapy work?

Prolotherapy works by activating your body’s natural healing power. When injected into the injured ligament or joint, the natural irritant causes an inflammatory response, which then triggers your body’s natural immune fighting and healing properties to regenerate new, healthier, stronger tissue to reduce pain and improve function.

Prolotherapy serves as a natural alternative to alleviate pain and discomfort.

What can I expect from prolotherapy treatment?

To ease any discomfort, Dr. Wigton may combine your prolotherapy injection with a local anesthetic. To get the best results, you need a series of treatments set at two- to three-week intervals over three to six months. The number of injections depends on the condition causing the pain.

After the injection, the area surrounding the injection site may redden and swell, but an ice pack helps resolve these side effects. You shouldn’t take anti-inflammatories during the healing process because this type of medication may inhibit the effects of your prolotherapy treatment. Dr. Wigton may also suggest refraining from heavy physical activity for up to three days.

To optimize the benefits your prolotherapy treatment, Dr. Wigton may suggest engaging in physical activity to strengthen muscles and improve function and range of motion.

Dr. Wigton is an alternative medicine specialist who treats the root cause of your condition, not the symptom. To help your body naturally heal itself and relieve your joint and ligament pain, call Dr. Douglas Wigton at Vital Health Scores to start prolotherapy or schedule an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary.