Prolotherapy In The News



New York Times:  "Injections to Kick-Start Tissue Repair"

"Dr. Reeves is one of several hundred physicians and osteopaths who specialize in a therapeutic technique called prolotherapy, an alternative medicine method to promote connective tissue repair even years after the damage occurred."

Read the full article in The New York Times.



Fox News:  "Sugar Water Injections May Help Ease Knee Pain"

"Knee pain appears to decrease up to one year after "prolotherapy," a series of sugar water injections at the site of the pain, according to a new study."

Read the full article on Fox News.


Wall Street Journal:  "A Pinch of Sugar for Pain"

"'Injection with anything is not a placebo,' says K. Dean Reeves, a clinical associate professor at the University of Kansas in Kansas City who specializes in prolotherapy."

Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal.


Medical Daily"Sugar Water Injections May Be Next Big Thing In Knee Pain Treatment"

"In a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine, researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Iowa reported their investigation of dextrose prolotherapy ... They found that the patients who received sugar water injections had significantly less pain and were very satisfied with their therapy."

Read the full article at  "The Pros of Prolotherapy for Injured Runners"

"Like instigating a controlled burn to jump start healthy plant growth,  prolotherapy for tendinosis employs irritant solutions that stimulate an inflammatory response and subsequent healing cascade. While still relatively new, prolotherapy is very safe, minimally invasive, and requires one or at most two procedures with minimal down time."

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The StatesmanPro Golfer  -  "Only Rest and Prolotherapy Treatment Could Help"

"After 589 tournaments in 23 seasons on the PGA Tour, Bob Estes returns to golf this year with the sense that so much remains ahead of him, even at the age of 45... He'd strained his right wrist at the Texas Open in 2010 after unearthing a chunk of limestone with a wedge on the first hole of the tournament, and the injury bothered him the rest of the year to the point that only rest and prolotherapy treatment could help."

In Perspective:  The following article about Bob Estes is about treating wrist ligaments, which can be injured and interfere with powerful use of the wrist. It illustrates that prolotherapy can help eliminate pain limitations about a joint, but rehabilitation in the form of training in the hand of expert athletic trainers or other accomplished specialists in sports rehabilitation should be considered.

Read the full article in The Statesman.



ESPNHalfpipe Skiier, Olympic Comeback  -  Prolotherapy a "Crucial Part"

"In October 2010, Tanner Hall began traveling to Mexico to undergo prolotherapy at the Ongley Institute in Ensenada. In a recent ESPN Freeskiing story, Hall credits the injections as a 'crucial part,' of his return to high intensity training."

In Perspective: Readers of this article should be advised, that prolotherapy comes in many forms and uses many methods. Methods are available that are minimally painful, and, although head to head studies would be necessary to prove this, appear to be as effective.  In my view prolotherapy will not be suitable for the masses unless it is palatable for the needle phobic. Nevertheless, enjoy this article about Milne Ongley, who is certainly an accomplished practitioner and instructor in his approach and has made a positive difference for many athletes over the years.

Read the full article on ESPN.



The Vancouver Sun:  Major League Soccer Player Returns to the Field After Prolotherapy

"I would get these muscle strains in my leg and we would treat the symptom without finding the cause.”  Since the neurological issue was discovered, Thorrington has had manual therapy, adopted a specific exercise routine and received prolotherapy injections to strengthen the ligaments in his promote healing. “Everything has come together to make me feel fantastic."

The Vancouver Sun (Feb 20, 2012)

K. Dean Reeves, M.D. is a physician and medical researcher in the area of pain caused by arthritis, chronic sprains and chronic strains. His private practice is located in the greater Kansas City area of Roeland Park, Kansas.  He collaborates in research with other locations across the country and internationally, and is licensed in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

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