Prolozone is an ozone/oxygen injection technique developed by Dr. Frank Shallenberger MD. It involves a 2-part injection, first of a combination of nutrients and anesthetic, followed by medical ozone gas. The treatment has been used successfully for decades for pain in essentially any body area, from any cause.
This includes chronic neck, shoulder and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic knees, degenerated discs, and headaches.
Prolozone is unique in that it reduces pain immediately while improving joint function for long-term pain relief. There is growing evidence for accelerated tendon/ligament healing, herniated disc healing and the re-generation of degenerated/osteoarthritic joint disease.
Dr. Shallenberger’s 35 years of experience suggests that there is a 75% chance that chronic pain sufferers will become permanently pain free.
How Does Prolozone Work?
The healing process requires sufficient cellular energy and nutrients. Joints are notoriously slow to heal because the blood supply to joints is very poor compared to the rest of the body. Prolozone treatment provides the necessary nutrients, reduces the local inflammation, increases cellular energy and improves circulation.
Conditions That Can Be Treated With Prolozone:
Dr. Frank Shallenberger. MD often states, “If there is pain, prolozone therapy can, and most often will help”
Neck pain, whiplash, degenerated disc disease, herniated discs, low back pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon sprain, muscle strain, TMJ syndrome, heel spurs, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff tears, ACL/PCL injuries, meniscus injuries, bone fractures, and sport injuries of all types. If you have pain in a unique area
What to expect from a Prolozone procedure?
When the elimination of pain and the regeneration of damaged tissue is the goal, the treatment must be individualized and multi-faceted.
Prolozone involves the injection of minerals and vitamins (to support healing) and procaine (for pain relief), followed by the ozone/oxygen treatment. The injection site is temporarily frozen prior to treatment, making the treatment essentially painless. Some pressure is often felt in the area after treatment but is minor is will dissipate within 24hours.
To make best use of time, bring a copy of any relevant laboratory testing or imaging (x-ray, CT, MRI etc) or have it faxed to the office at least a day before your initial visit. Additional lab work is often, but not always required.
The vast majority of patients will leave the office with noticeable pain reduction and in some cases patients leave the office pain-free after their first visit.
To enhance the therapeutic potential of the treatment, Dr. Meli may couple prolozone treatments with prolotherapy, PRP therapy, electro-acupuncture, trigger-point therapy or neural therapy, depending on the cause or nature of the pain.
How many prolozone injections are needed and how much do they cost?
Often, a single injection is adequate. Multiple injections may be required when joints are damaged or when ligaments are strained. Repeated injections are safe and rarely are more then 4 treatments required.
The cost for prolozone injections is based on the number of joints treated and is between $120- $150 per joint. When multiple injections are required for the complete treatment of that body area, no additional charge is applied.