Injection Therapies Offered at Lumos Medical Center
Prolotherapy is a regenerative medicine technique where dextrose solution is injected into a damaged or degenerated ligament or tendon. Dextrose is mildly irritating and causes an acute inflammatory response, which in turn stimulates the body to heal the damaged tissue.
Prolotherapy can be an alternative to corticosteroid injections and/or surgery. Corticosteroid injections may help to decrease pain for a short period of time, but they are not a permanent fix. Corticosteroid injections have been shown to degenerate the joint, tendon or ligament over time resulting in further damage and increased pain.
In contrast, regenerative medicine techniques including prolotherapy and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) have been shown to actually regenerate damaged tissue.
How do these therapies work?
It is proposed that prolotherapy causes mild inflammation and cell stress in the weakened ligament or tendon, releases cytokines and growth factors and induces a new healing cascade in that area. This new healing cascade leads to activation of fibroblasts, generation of collagen precursors, and strengthening of the connective tissue.
Prolotherapy can be useful in helping a variety of chronic and acute conditions including but not limited to:
- Chronic joint pain
- An acute injury that “just won’t heal”
- Knee pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Ankle sprains
- Degenerative joint disease
- Ligamentous laxity
- Torn meniscus
Prolotherapy is not a magic bullet and is not indicated for everyone. Please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Harris to see if prolotherapy could be beneficial for you.
Vitamin B12 Injections
Vitamin B12 injections at Lumos Medical Center involve the administration of hydroxocobalamin, a form of Vitamin B12, into a muscle. Vitamin B12 has a variety of functions in the body including maintaining healthy red blood cells and nerve function. Deficiency of B12 is associated with fatigue, digestive disturbances, brain fog, skin issues, menstrual disorders, and pernicious anemia. Intramuscular injections of Vitamin B12 can support healthy energy and stress levels as well as support memory and learning ability. Vitamin B12 injections can prevent deficiency in vegetarians and vegans and individuals with absorption difficulties including those with gastrointestinal disease.
Vitamin B12 injections are generally safe and well-tolerated but are not indicated for everyone. The providers at Lumos Medical Center are happy to discuss if this therapy could be beneficial for you.