How Much Does Prolotherapy Cost?
This therapy is also referred to as proliferation therapy, regenerative injection therapy, or proliferative injection therapy. Prolotherapy is an alternative therapy for treating musculoskeletal pain. This pain can affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
During prolotherapy, an irritant substance, known as dextrose, is injected into the patient’s tendon or ligament. The process enables new tissues to grow, alleviating the pain from damaged tissue.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of prolotherapy varies depending the geographical location, doctor, amount of sessions, part of the body and the health facility.
- Before the treatment begins, an initial consultation will be required, which can cost around $175 to $300. After the initial treatment, follow-up treatments will be required, which can cost anywhere from as little as $85 to $175 per session. Every patient will need a certain number of sessions, so the results can vary.
- The total costs from start to finish can average anywhere from $500 to $1,800.
- For example, prolotherapy for the toes or fingers cost $225 to $325. The same therapy for each foot, hand, or heel can be around $300, while Prolotherapy for each wrist can be $350. It can cost upwards of $400 for the elbow or ankle and $425 for each knee, shoulder, and hip. The back and neck tend to be the most expensive part, averaging about $700.
- According to Edmontonprolotherapy.com, the Prolotherapy costs vary depending on the parts of the body that require treatment. The initial treatment costs around $300 with follow-up treatments being around $200. Supplement costs for recovery also vary. However, Prolotherapy is cheaper than surgery because there is no recovery period and patients are advised to proceed with their daily activities.
- At Caringmedical.com, new patient consultation costs $250 while follow-up visits cost $125 to $175. A follow-up by phone or e-mail can cost $40 to $75.
What is going to be included?
- Prolotherapy can treat pain caused by injury to the lower back, knees, Achilles tendons, ankles, shoulders, wrists, elbows, and neck. There are certain conditions that can be treated with this therapy, such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, plantar fascitis, costochondritis among others.
- Prolotherapy treatment includes injecting a proliferant solution into the painful area or joint. This process allows a short period of inflammation and then stimulates the body’s immune system to produce collagen and cartilage which strengthens and restores joints and supports soft tissue, reducing different types of pain. Typical treatments last no longer than an hour.
- It can take anywhere from 2-7 sessions to see a complete heal.
- Follow-up sessions are typically done very 4-6 weeks.
- This treatment is ideal for those who have spine and neck conditions, torn ligaments, foot and ankle problems, as well as TMJ.
What are the extra costs?
- Extra costs may be incurred for extended treatments as well as additional visits to the doctor.
- Some clinics may charge extra for email or phone follow-ups.
Tips to know:
- There are certain injuries or conditions that may not allow you to receive prolotherapy. These conditions include a local abscess, bleeding disorders, medication meant to thin the blood, cellulitis, and arthritis. In addition, if there is a ligament or tendon that is completely torn, or if there is a fracture, prolotherapy will not be an option.
- There may be side effects of prolotherapy, including pain, numbness, or bleeding at the injection site; lightheadedness; allergy to the proliferant solution; nerve damage; and infection.
- Do some research before you decide to try prolotherapy. Check out the rates for Prolotherapy treatment in your state by calling hospitals or healthcare facilities as well as clinics. You can also check online sources for more information.
- Most insurance providers will not cover this procedure; however, it never hurts to ask. What you will find is that most clinics will not even participate with insurance companies. The reason for the lack of coverage is that the therapy is very new and has not provided enough evidence of being successful.
How can I save money?
- Follow your doctor’s advice prior to and after Prolotherapy. Make sure that you carefully follow his or her instructions to avoid complications and other health-related problems. This will help you save on additional costs for therapy and medication.