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What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a cutting edge regenerative injection treatment used to repair injured ligaments, tendons and joints for people suffering from pain, joint instability and osteoarthritis. Ligaments and tendons generally have a poor blood supply and consequently, incomplete healing is common after an injury. Coupled with frequent use of NSAIDs, ice and cortisone, it is easy to see why chronic pain is so common.

Prolotherapy is considered a powerful alternative to surgery and a healthier option to pain medications and anti-inflammatory injections such as cortisone or other steroidal medicine. The revolutionary treatment is minimally invasive and is affordable to boot, allowing you to return to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

How does it work?

Dextrose Prolotherapy involves injecting dextrose with an anesthetic into a damaged area, usually a ligament, tendon or joint. This solution causes a local, mild irritation initiating an inflammatory response that “turns on” the body’s powerful healing process. This procedure stimulates the growth of new ligament, tendon and cartilage in the damaged area. The ligaments and tendons produced after prolotherapy appear much the same as normal tissues, except they are thicker and stronger due to the new and ongoing creation of tissue. This new stronger and healthier tissue provides you with a more stable joint, a correction from past pain and discomfort.

Dextrose Prolotherapy

Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy

A recent addition to regenerative injection therapy is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), which has gained in popularity due to its successful use with professional athletes. PRP involves the injection of your blood’s platelets into the damaged area.

How do your platelets aid in healing?

Platelets play a central role in blood clotting and wound healing. Tissue repair begins with clot formation and platelet degranulation, which releases the growth factors necessary for wound repair. Platelet-derived growth factors are biologically active substances that enhance tissue repair mechanisms. After platelets are activated at a wound site, proteins are released that directly and indirectly influence virtually all aspects of the wound healing process. Platelet concentration is directly involved in the healing of injuries.

What does Platelet Rich Plasma do?

PRP involves the application of concentrated platelets, which release a maximum quantity of growth factors to stimulate recovery in non-healing injuries. PRP causes a mass influx of growth factors, and these powerful growth factors naturally accelerate the regeneration of injured tissues. PRP enhances tissue healing and supports the remodeling of tissues, creating a stronger, healthier area.

What happens during a treatment?

The preparation for a PRP treatment involves collecting your own blood through a simple blood draw done during your visit. Next, we use a centrifuge to spin down your blood to separate out the platelet rich plasma (PRP). Then, we harvest the PRP and deliver precise injections of it into the injured areas. In other words, a PRP treatment is done just like any other prolotherapy treatment, except the solution used for injection is plasma enriched with growth factors from your own blood. PRP is typically used when the injury is more severe, or there is osteoarthritis present inside the joint.

Prolotherapy & PRP

Injuries treated by Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy in San Diego has been gaining ground as a viable method to treat joint pain. Our Solana Beach, Prolotherapy Naturopaths, continue to ensure that our Prolotherapy & PRP options deliver the most effective treatment. At Spark Health, we treat the following conditions with Prolotherapy and PRP:


– Rotator Cuff Tear
– Glenoid Labral Tear
– SLAP Tear
– Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
– Osteoarthritis
– Instability
– Impingement
– Tendinitis

Lower Back

– Lumbar Pain
– Sacroiliac Pain
– Herniated Disc
– Spondylolisthesis
– Lax Ligaments & Pain after Pregnancy
– Stenosis
– Degenerative Disc Disease
– Sprains/Strains


– Whiplash Injury
– Osteoarthritis
– Barre-Lieou Syndrome
– Cerical Instability
– Suboccipital Headache
– Clicking, Grinding, Popping
– Inability to hold Adjustments
– Facet Syndrome
– Spondylosis


– Tennis Elbow
– Golfer’s Elbow
– Osteoarthritis


– Pseudo Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
– Wrist Sprains
– Numbness/Tingling

Hip & Pelvis

– Pelvic Pain
– Osteoarthritis
– Ligament Laxity & Pain after Pregnancy


– Osteoarthritis
– Meniscal Tear
– ACL Sprain
– MCL Sprain
– LCL Sprain
– Patellar Tendonitis
– Chondromalacia Patella
– Patellofemoral Syndrome
– Jumpers Knee
– Runners Knee

Midback / Thoracic

– Upper Back & Trapezius Muscle Spasm
– Inability to hold Adjustments
– Rib Pain & Rib Subluxation




– Osteoarthritis
– Ankle Sprain
– Achilles Tendonitis
– Ankle Instability
– Peroneal Tendon Injury


– Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
– Painful Big Toe (Hallux Rigidus)
– Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis
– Achilles Tendinitis/Tendinosis