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Dextrose Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is a dextrose-based (sugar) injection that promotes the healing of weakened ligaments.


Ultrasound guidance is used to inject the dextrose into the damaged tissue to trigger an inflammatory reaction.

Inflammation is necessary for healing because it stimulates collagen production, which makes ligaments stronger and sounder.

While rarely used at Inovo Medical, this treatment can be particularly effective for treating osteoarthritis and loose ligaments as a result of trauma (e.g., sprain).




Please note that Prolotherapy treatments are not covered most insurance companies, including Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). However, on a case-by-case basis, they may be covered by auto injury insurance (MVA). Contact us for more information regarding coverage options.

Proliferative injection therapy for osteoarthritis: a systematic reviewRead Full Article

Mišo KrstičevićMilka Jerić, Svjetlana Došenović, Antonia Jeličić Kadić, Livia Puljak: 2017

Dextrose Prolotherapy Versus Control Injections in Painful Rotator Cuff TendinopathyRead Full Article

Helene Bertrand, MD, CCFP, Kenneth Dean Reeves, MD, Cameron J. Bennett, MPhty (MSK), BSc, Simon Bicknell, MD, FRCPC, An-Lin Cheng, PhD: 2016


Disclaimer: As with any medical treatment, results will vary among individuals, and there is no implication that you will heal or receive the same outcome as patients herein. There could be pain or substantial risks involved. These concerns should be discussed with your health care provider prior to any treatment so that you are properly informed and understand that there are no guarantees to healing. The information in this website is offered for educational purposed only and does not imply or give medical advice. The photos used may be models and not patients.

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