Prolotherapy stimulates the body's healing process to strengthen and repair injured joints and connective tissue. 

When ligaments or tendons (connective tissue) are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding destabilizes and can become painful. Prolotherapy, addresses the cause of the instability, can repair the weakened sites and produce new collagen tissue, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint. Once the joint is stabilized, pain usually resolves. 

Tradition approaches with surgery have more risk and may fail to stabilize the joint and relieve pain, and anti-inflammatory or other pain relievers only act temporarily.

How does Prolotherapy work?

Prolotherapy works by stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms to lay down new tissue in the weakened area. This is done by a very directed injection to the injury site, stimulating the body to repair again. The mild inflammatory response which is created by the injection encourages growth of new, normal ligament, cartilage, or tendon fibers, resulting in a tightening of the weakened structure. Additional treatments repeat this process, allowing a gradual buildup of tissue to restore the original strength to the area. 

What is the solution injected?

Prolotherapy injections contain natural substances that stimulate the healing response, as well as local anesthetic agents to help with the pain of the injection. Traditional formulas included ingredients such as dextrose, saline, sarapin and procaine or lidocaine. In the last several years newer formulas include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and autologous (from the same person) adult stem cell sources, typically taken from bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue. Each treating physician tailors the selection of the appropriate formula according the the patient's need. 

Conditions often treated at Sarasota Sports Medicine:

  • Rotator Cuff

  • Shoulder Labrum

  • Biceps Tendon

  • Meniscus


  • Ankle Ligaments

  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow


Our proprietary treatment combination has shown powerful results. They include:


If you are looking to avoid surgery and are tired of the pain medication merry-go- round. Call our office today to see if Prolotherpay is your answer.