Regenerate damaged tissues, joints, ligaments, and tendons with ozone.

Prolozone is a non-surgical ligament and joint reconstruction. It is an oxygen-ozone injection technique that combines the concepts from neural therapy, prolotherapy, and ozone therapy. It comes from the Latin word “proli” (proliferate) which means to regenerate or rebuild, and the word ozone. Prolozone is a permanent treatment for many kinds of chronic pain.

How Prolozone Works

Developed by Dr. Frank Shallenberger, prolozone involves injecting combinations of procaine, anti-inflammatory medications, homeopathics, vitamins, minerals, proliferatives, and ozone/oxygen gas into degenerated or injured joints, and into areas of pain. This increases blood supply and the flow of healing nutrients to that specific area. The circulation of critical elements in the bloodstream is essential to the natural regeneration and healing process of the body giving tissues the energy they need to repair.

Prolozone Prolotherapy Helena, Montana
Prolozone Prolotherapy Helena, Montana

Ozone is the most highly active form of oxgyen in the universe. Prolozone utilizes this powerful oxidizing agent to stimulate growth factor production of collagen and cartilage which restores joint integrity.

Since prolozone involves the injection of gas which expands into surrounding tissue, very large and difficult to reach areas can be treated with only one injection because ozone is able to disperse and benefit anything nearby.

Most people require 4 – 6 injections administered every 2 – 3 weeks over the course of several months. Dr. Riddle will advise patients based on their individual needs and capacity for healing.

The majority of people report very little to no pain during treatment and feel immediate improvement. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can be synergistic with this procedure and are accordingly not contra-indicated as they are with prolotherapy.

Prolotherapy seeks to treat the injury by creating inflammation as a way to encourage the healing process. Unfortunately, although prolotherapy is very effective, it is slightly more painful. On the other hand, prolozone encourages healing by reducing inflammation. This creates a healing process that is a little quicker and generally pain-free.

The most common cause of chronic pains is a buildup of lactic acid. Lactic acid begins to accumulate when a specific area of the body has a low supply of oxygen. Oftentimes, the cause of this low level of oxygen is the intense inflammation that surrounds the area, cutting it off from these crucial elements. The ozone injected during prolozone treatments encourages blood flow and increased oxygen levels, allowing the lactic acid to disperse once again.

Around since the 1950s in Europe, prolozone is becoming increasingly popular in the United States as an alternative to surgery that is minimally invasive and more accessible. Many chronic pain sufferer become permanently pain free with increased long-term function because prolozone actually corrects the pathology of the disorder.

Conditions That Respond

The main criteria for choosing prolozone is pain. If it hurts, it should be tried since it works on most pain problems. For situations that involve instability in addition to pain, prolozone should be combined with prolotherapy. The following conditions have been found to be especially responsive.

Regenerative Injection Therapies Comparison

Below is a chart to get a better understanding of the similarities and differences between regenerative injection therapies, including cortisone steroid shots. The best way to get the appropriate treatment for your individual situation is to book an appointment with Dr. Riddle at Core Wellness to get evaluated.

Prolozone
Anti-Inflammatory
Safe Long-Term
Regenerates Tissues
Strengthens Ligaments
Suppresses Infections
Boosts Immunity
Benefits Other Tissues
Minimal to No Pain
Prolotherapy
Anti-Inflammatory
Safe Long-Term
Regenerates Tissues
Strengthens Ligaments
Slightly Painful
PRP
Anti-Inflammatory
Safe Long-Term
Regenerates Tissues
Strengthens Ligaments
Suppresses Infections
Benefits Other Tissues
Minimal to No Pain
Steroid Shots
Anti-Inflammatory
Benefits Other Tissues
Painful
Dr. Riddle offers prolozone to patients in-person at Core Wellness in Helena, Montana.

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