Prolotherapy FAQ

These are some of the prolotherapy frequently asked questions that Dr. Albert Franchi has answered.

How can I be sure that Prolotherapy is the right treatment for my problem?

You can find out if you’re a candidate and obtain a better understanding of where we might be able to help you by checking out our video library or calling the office to set up a time to communicate directly with Dr. Franchi and he will personally advise you whether or not prolotherapy is your best treatment option.

Is this procedure covered by insurance?

Unfortunately at the current time we can’t accept medical insurance for our Prolotherapy procedures. We will assist you in pursuing reimbursement from your insurance company by providing you a copy of your medical records when you submit your paper work. We prefer payment at the time of service and we do accept personal checks and all major credit cards.

How many injections will I need ?

That depends upon the individual. But usually somewhere between 3 and 5 injections are required.

Do Prolotherapy injections hurt?

Yes they do. But only for a few minutes. I use a combination of 50% dextrose solution and 2% lidocaine. Once the lidocaine takes affect the patient should be pain free for about 1 to 2 hours. Then a lesser pain will return for up to a day then gradually disappear.

Can I drive after the injections?

Yes. The injections do not have any significant systemic effects.

What are the side effects of the injections?

The only side effects that we have recorded were a transient rash and transient local numbness.

What if I am allergic to lidocaine?

We can still do the injections with just the 50% dextrose. We can numb the skin with a freezing solution of acetone.

Since anti-inflammatory is contraindicated, what can I take for pain during the treatment?

You can take Tylenol . If that doesn’t work we will provide you with a small amount of narcotic pain medication.

Is Prolotherapy safe?

In the hands of an experienced practitioner it is very safe. The needles are not placed near any vital structures of the body.

Are there some types of injuries that can’t be treated with Prolotherapy?

Yes, this includes herniated discs, spinal stenosis and carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition, Prolotherapy will not work for most torn meniscus that are not on the periphery. However, because we are a full service orthopedic practice, we do treat everything noted here – as well as many other conditions – with a variety of other modalities.

If Prolotherapy is so effective why is my doctor not aware of it?

Prolotherapy was slow to catch on in the medical profession because the use of dextrose i.e sugar has always been associated with a placibo. In this case it is the active ingredient. Physicians on the west coast first rediscovered this treatment and it is growing in popularity nationwide. We are proud and confident to be bringing it to the New England area.