Prolotherapy/ Prolozone

General Information

At the Chung institute, we have over 15 years experience using prolotherapy in the treatment of many difficult musculoskeletal conditions. What sets our center apart from others is that we combine this therapy with a comprehensive approach that markedly enhances the effect of the treatment. Our diagnostic approach provides a more precise treatment approach that make our approach more effective than ordinary prolotherapy treatments. We have successfully treated professional athletes,(Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers) recreational athletes, as well as those who have suffered from ordinary degenerative disorders. We are successful even in those patients who have failed other prolotherapy treatments because we are able to combine the treatments (such as acupuncture and neural therapy) with methods that markedly enhance the healing ability of the patient.

FAQ

What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy involves the injection of a proliferant into ligamentous structures throughout the body. These injections cause a local inflammation to stimulate the body into healing (and thus strengthening) these structures. The body heals this area by increasing the blood supply and the flow of nutrients to the area. The proliferant solution may contain dextrose (sugar water), procaine, sodium morrhuate, or phenol. (We do not use phenol). This procedure does not involve the injection of cortisone (steroid). The most common proliferant that is used is 15% Dextrose. We also use a variety of solutions that enhance the healing effect of the internal structures. We frequently are able to determine the hidden causes of the problem and correct them at their source.
Although the procedure was first named in the 1940’s, it was used as far back as 400 B.C. by Hippocrates. At that time, he treated soldiers with dislocated or torn shoulder joints. Former U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop, MD received this therapy for a severe back condition and was so impressed that he later learned the procedure and administered it to his patients. He endorses this procedure highly.

Indications/Symptoms

Arthritis
Arthritis of knee and hand
Back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Cluster headache
Deep aching
Degenerative arthritis
Degenerative disk disease
Disc herniation
Fibromyalgia
Hand pain
Headache
Heel spurs
Hip Degeneration
Knee injuries
Low back pain
Migraine Headaches
Multiple sclerosis
Muscular dystrophy
Osteoporosis (compression fractures)
Pain
Polio
Rotator cuff tears
Sacroiliac sprain
Sciatica
Scoliosis
Slipped spine
Spinal defects
Tennis elbow
Tension headache
Thumb pain
TMJ dysfunction
Whiplash

Examples of actual patient cases from our practices

Sciatica: A 43 year old female came into our office with complaints of debilitating low back pain that radiated down the back of her right leg for the past 6 months. She had seen two orthopedic surgeons who both had recommended surgery on what they thought was a damaged disc. After 3 series of prolotherapy treatments, 3 weeks apart, she recovered completely.
Rotator cuff tears: A 52 year old male came into the office with complaints of right sided shoulder pain that kept him up at night. He reported that the pain was identical to the shoulder pain that he had in his left shoulder 3 years ago that required rotator cuff surgery. Because the post operative pain was so severe, he did not want to have surgery. After 4 treatments of prolotherapy, the pain was gone. He recovered full range of motion in his injured shoulder and has been fine ever since.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
A 32 year old female had developed carpal tunnel syndrome during her pregnancy 2 years ago, that never resolved. The numbness and tingling was waking her up every night and was getting worse. Anti-inflammatory medicines and the cock up wrist splint did not work. After 5 treatments with prolotherapy, her pain was completely resolved. She has not had a recurrence since then.

Migraine Headaches: Multiple patients have come to the office with complaints of intractable migraine headaches. After a course of prolotherapy, their migraines have stopped, and they now can live normal lives.

Tennis elbow: A 38 year old postal worker had complaints of lateral epicondylitis going on 2 years. She had undergone 3 steroid injections in the past with limited success. After 2 treatments with prolotherapy, the pain was gone. 3 years later, the pain is still absent.

“Dr. Chung is a master. I have sent numerous patients with very difficult problems who have dramatically and quickly resolved their problems.”

- Corporate Professional

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