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A South Melbourne & Point Cook Physical Therapy Clinics Putting You First.Don’t Put Up With Pain. Start Healing Now.

    South Melbourne
  • 300 Albert Road
  • South Melbourne VIC 3205
  • Phone
  • 03 9699 2499

    Point Cook
  • 220 Point Cook Road
  • Point Cook VIC 3030
  • Phone
  • 03 8386 7400

    Opening Hours
  • Mon to Fri 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am – 1:00pm

What is Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is a method of injection treatment designed to stimulate healing.

Hypertonic dextrose and a local anesthetic is used as a proliferant solution. This solution is safe and causes the least discomfort as a proliferant. It is a recognised procedure that stimulates the body’s healing processes to strengthen and repair injured and painful joints and connective tissue.

When ligaments or tendons (connective tissue) are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding weakens and can become painful.

With its unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability, prolotherapy can repair the weakened sites and produce new collagen tissue.

This stabilises the joint which will usually result in less pain.

What is the Prolotherapy procedure?

Your initial consultation will determine whether prolotherapy is the appropriate treatment for you. If so, prolotherapy may be performed on the day. Occasionally the doctor may require further scanning/investigations prior to having prolotherapy.

The procedure itself will take approximately 20 minutes. During this time the doctor will inject the solution into the injured area/s.

Following the procedure, you may drive home. However, it may be appropriate to have someone with you should you like some company following the injection.

Your doctor will advise if any restrictions on activity apply.

A course of prolotherapy injections may be required. This may be performed over a period of 4-8 weeks.

Is Treatment Painful

Any pain involving an injection will vary according to the structure or joint treated. The treatment may result in a temporary increase in pain with mild swelling and stiffness. The discomfort usually passes fairly quickly and can also be reduced with pain relievers such as paracetamol. Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, are not recommended for pain relief as their action suppresses the desired inflammatory healing process produced by the prolotherapy injections.

Before Prolotherapy Treatment

No fasting is required.

Avoid alcohol and cigarettes for at least two days prior to your appointment.


Please let us know if any of the below apply and we will advise further.

  • taking any blood thinning medications (including aspirin).
  • have a current infection
  • active cancer
  • have been told you have a low platelet count
  • pregnant or breastfeeding
  • have an allergy to local anaesthetic


For all PRP and prolotherapy appointments in South Melbourne please call

03 9699 2499 (these appointments cannot be booked online).

Appointments are available Monday – Saturday. No referral is required.

Please email any relevant scans (MRI, CT, Ultrasound or X rays) to prior to your appointment.