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Prolotherapy in Calgary: Treating Various Musculoskeletal Issues

At Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic, we work with Dr. L. Charles Masur who offers prolotherapy services at his clinic, ProloWorks™. A family physician, Dr. Masur has provided prolotherapy to patients in Calgary and the surrounding areas since 2006. He uses prolotherapy to treat a variety of issues including, but not limited to ligament, tendon, and joint injury as well as pain and dysfunction, including low back pain, sciatica, and osteoarthritis.

Prolotherapy services available at Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic in Calgary include:

Orthopedic Medicine Consultations
An orthopedic medicine consultation consists of a diagnosis and non-surgical treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. These conditions can range from low back pain and sciatica to tendon injury and joint dysfunction.

Trigger Point Injections
Dry needling (like acupuncture) or injection of medication into trigger points is a form of prolotherapy that can relieve pain, spasms, and dysfunction. These trigger points, also called trigger sites or muscle knots, are made up of sensitive, palpable lumps or bands of fibres in the muscles.

Prolotherapy Treatments
Prolotherapy treats musculoskeletal issues with injection treatments. These injections are administered to ligaments, tendons, and joints in order to strengthen the connective tissue and relieve pain. Other names for prolotherapy treatments include proliferation therapy, sclerotherapy, and regenerative injection therapy (RIT).

Useful Links on Prolotherapy

General Information About Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy: An Expert Interview with Paul H. Goodley, MD.


Avoid Anti-Inflammatory Drugs During Prolotherapy

Ohlson, K; This is Your Body on Ibuprofen; Experience Life, June 2014.

Hauser, R, MD; Anti-Inflammatory Medications and Prolotherapy; website (last accessed 24 June 2014).


Low Back Pain

Hauser, R, MD; Hauser, M, MS, RD; Dextrose Prolotherapy for Unresolved Low Back Pain: A Retrospective Case Series Study; Journal of Prolotherapy, 2009, 1(3): 145-55.



Sciatica/SI Joint Pain

Kim, WM; Lee, HG; Jeong, CW; Kim, CM; Yoon, MH; A randomized controlled trial of intra-articular prolotherapy versus steroid injection for sacroiliac joint pain; J Altern Complement Med, Dec. 2010, 16(12):1285-90.


Dextrose Prolotherapy is Effective for Osteoarthritis Pain

Rabago, D; Patterson, J; Mundt, M; Kijowski, R; Grettie, J; Segal, N; Zgierska, A; Dextrose Prolotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial; Annals of Family Medicine, May/Jun. 2013, 11(3): 229-37.


Prolotherapy is as Effective as Steroid Injections for Tennis Elbow

Carayannopoulous, A; Borg-Stein, J; Sokolof, J; Meleger, A; Rosenberg, D; Prolotherapy versus corticosteroid injections for the treatment of lateral epicondylosis: a randomized controlled trial; PM R, Aug. 2011, 3(8): 706-15.


Shin Splints/Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)

Curtin, M; Crisp, T; Malliaras, P; Padhiar, N; The effectiveness of prolotherapy in the management of recalcitrant medial tibial stress syndrome: a pilot study; British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2011, 45(2).


Prolotherapy is an Effective Treatment for Osteoarthritic Finger Joint Pain

Reeves, KD; Hassanein, K; Randomized, prospective, placebo-controlled double-blind study of dextrose prolotherapy for osteoarthritic thumb and finger (DIP, PIP, and trapeziometacarpal) joints: evidence of clinical efficacy; J Altern Complement Med, Aug. 2000, 6(4): 311-20.