Prolotherapy Specialist

Montecristo Medical Group

Anita E. Gonzalez, MD

General Practitioner & Pediatrician located in Van Nuys, CA

Chronic pain affects around 28 million Americans and results in lost productivity as well as a lower quality of life. Anita E. Gonzalez, MD, at Montecristo Medical Group in Van Nuys, California, offers prolotherapy to patients with pain that’s a result of chronic illness or an injury that’s not healed properly. Prolotherapy is a low-risk, accessible, and effective pain management therapy that has helped countless patients get relief. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment and start your treatment today.

Prolotherapy Q & A

What is prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is an effective regenerative and strengthening treatment for damaged joints. When the connective tissues around your joints become strained, they cause the entire joint to become unstable and painful.

During the treatment, Dr. Gonzalez injects an irritant solution — a form of sugar called dextrose — into targeted ligaments and tendons. These injections promote the growth of new collagen tissue to permanently repair the weak joint.

The injections work by causing inflammation, which stimulates your body to grow new connective tissue. This new tissue reduces any resulting pain, and with a series of injections, the treatment allows for enough new tissue to grow that your joint is also strengthened over time. 

How many injections do I need?

Before the start of any treatment session, Dr. Gonzalez performs a physical exam to assess the area being treated and develops a plan based on your specific condition. 

Dr. Gonzalez usually recommends four to six treatments, spaced out at monthly intervals. However, if your condition is severe, she may recommend more frequent injections.

What kind of pain does prolotherapy help?

Prolotherapy can address issues in various parts of your body, including:

  • Lower or middle back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Wrist or hand pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Ankle or foot pain

Prolotherapy can be successful in reducing pain caused by injuries like a rotator cuff or meniscus tear, and it can also be effective in addressing pain caused by conditions like osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease.

What are the benefits of prolotherapy?

Clinical studies have shown that long-term prolotherapy is an effective treatment for pain, with fewer side effects than other conventional treatments like steroids and medications. While steroids are commonly used for pain relief, they can have many side effects, some of which can create serious health concerns. 

Using injected steroids can increase your chances of developing infections, high blood pressure, and even osteoporosis. They can also cause skin thinning, discoloration, and intense pain after the injection and doctors must limit the use of steroid injections to three to four a year. 

Certain medications used for pain management also carry a high risk of addiction and have undesirable side effects like nausea and slowed breathing.

To learn more about how prolotherapy can help relieve your pain, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.