Prolotherapy is injection therapy that stimulates a healing response in weakened joints. Most joint pain associated with tennis and golfer's elbow is from soft tissue laxity that pulls on the nerves, which creates pain. Prolotherapy involves the injection of an irritant solution into a joint space, weakened ligament, or tendon insertion where they connect to bone to help relieve pain. The most common solution consists of hyperosmolar dextrose (a 50% sugar-water solution), 1% lidocaine (a commonly used local anesthetic), and bio-active B12 (methylcobalamin).
Prolotherapy treatment sessions are generally given every two to six weeks for several months in a series ranging from three to six or more treatments. Once the pain has resolved, many patients receive treatment at less frequent intervals until treatments are rarely required, if at all.
Dr. Hayman received her prolotherapy training from the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine. She has plans to enroll in additional prolotherapy training through the Hemwall Hackett Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dr. Hayman is currently treating elbow and knee pain. If you are seeking other areas of treatment, there are wonderful prolotherapy doctors in Flagstaff, Prescott, and the Phoenix Valley.