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Prolozone Injection Therapy

The Idaho Center for Integrative Medicine is now able to offer this wonderful therapy again by welcoming a licensed health care director to our integrative team.  Greg Howard, DNP is now accepting new patients in our clinic.  Please call today!

If you suffer from chronic joint, musculoskeletal or degenerative pain—Prolozone Therapy could be your answer.

How it Works:

Prolozone Therapy injects oxygen directly into the areas which need circulation to heal. This minimally invasive treatment supplies ozone, three oxygen atoms (or O3), directly to the inflamed tissue. Ozone can provide relief—even for patients who have loss of cartilage in their joints—by increasing blood flow and the activity of fibroblasts and chondroblasts: encouraging cells to synthesize collagen and cartilage. Ozone addresses the key issues in almost all disease conditions: oxygen delivery, circulation, and immune system function.

Prolozone Injection Therapy

Who can do it:

Dr. Noah Edvalson is one of the few practitioners in Idaho who have completed Advanced Prolozone Therapy training with Dr. Frank Shallenberger—the pioneer of the technique. Dr. Shallenberger has practiced Integrative/Alternative/Orthomolecular medicine since 1979 and has been teaching Prolozone Therapy for almost 20 years.  

Prolozone for Chronic Pain

Is Prolozone Therapy right for you:

Some studies have shown relief for 90% of sufferers from chronic pain discomforts including joint pain, low back, neck, hips, knees, shoulder and elbow pain, rotator cuff injuries, arthritis, degenerative discs and musculoskeletal pain, whiplash, muscle spasms, osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, torn tendons, TMJ syndrome, sciatica, heel spurs, neuromas, pelvic pain and tennis elbow.

It is an excellent alternative therapy for herniated discs, and studies show it can stop joint pain permanently. It has also been very successful to provide holistic relief to all sorts of painful conditions, including fibromyalgia.

What is the procedure like:

There is little to no pain during the treatment and patients often feel immediate improvement. Because of the solution and gas injected, you may experience some mild swelling and stiffness in the area for an hour and up to a couple days.

The therapy involves a two part injection—first a solution of natural ingredients is injected to help provide nutrition to the cells. This injection includes dextrose, saline, B vitamins, and possibly some homeopathic agents. The second part of Prolozone is the injection of the ozone (oxygen gas) into the affected area to provide a load of oxygen to run the energy cycles in the cells. This has an anti-aging, regenerative effect. We recommend a minimum of three Prolozone treatments per area (about two weeks apart), but more may be necessary. How quickly you respond will depend on age, health, how long you have had the problem, and what you do with that area between visits. Most people experience significant improvement with just three injections.

What are the risks:

The risks are similar as with any injection. Infection is a rare possibility but very unlikely because we sanitize the skin prior to injection and Ozone is extremely antimicrobial. Prolozone Therapy is widely used and accepted as mainstream care in Europe, South America and Asia for all forms of disc, joint, and musculoskeletal pain.

The difference between steroid injections, Prolotherapy and Prolozone:

Because Prolozone is so effective, it is usually preferred to the classical Prolotherapy. Since Prolozone does not work as a proliferative, the use of anti-inflammatory medications is not contraindicated and can be synergistic. Unlike steroid injections, which slow and decrease healing and remodeling of tissue, Prolozone improves and increases it. Here are some other comparisons:

 

 

Prolozone

Steroids

Prolotherapy

Promote/Accelerate Healing

Yes

No

Yes

Strengthen Ligaments

Yes

No

Yes

Immune System Effect

Strengthen

Weaken

No known effect

Benefits Surrounding Tissue

Yes – don’t have to hit the exact target

No

No – must inject in the exact location

Minimal Pain

Yes

Yes

No

Can get multiple shots repeatedly

Yes

No

Yes

Works for other tissues besides just joints/ligaments

Yes

Yes

No

Injections per Treatment

1-3

1-3

Often 5-20

 

How much does it cost:

Prolozone Therapy is not covered by insurance at this time; however, it costs much less than surgery. Fewer injections are needed than Prolotherapy, and this often decreases the overall cost.

How to find our more:

Contact us or ask Dr. Noah at your next appointment. Also, we recommend these articles:

Office Tour Video

An informative article by Dr. Shallenberger about how Prolozone works (medical explanation).

Source:  Oxygen Healing Therapies