Other than soreness, there have been no documented complications from dextrose prolotherapy. Dextrose is FDA-approved to inject much larger volumes and veins and is commonly used to treat low blood sugar. Dextrose prolotherapy involves injecting much smaller volumes of dextrose into areas that are not blood vessels. Therefore, there is no systemic adverse side effect from dextrose injections.
Anytime a needle is stuck through the skin there is a risk for excessive bleeding, nerve damage, muscle damage, lung puncture, or infection. However, we use a very clean technique and ultrasound guidance to ensure a safe injection. At the time of your visit, we will discuss other possible risks that pertain to your specific case.
However, complications are rare, and ultrasound guidance is used to ensure safe and proper needle placement.
The solutions used in dextrose prolotherapy are very safe and the amounts used are within manufacturer guidelines.
Because dextrose prolotherapy causes inflammation, you will often note some bruising, pain, stiffness, and swelling in the area after receiving Prolotherapy. Typically this lasts 1 to 7 days. On rare occasions, it lasts longer. Lasting longer is not necessarily bad, some people just have a more robust inflammatory response. Since the treatment works by inflammation, lingering pain after dextrose prolotherapy can be a sign of healing. If the pain is severe after dextrose prolotherapy, then call 504-988-8010 or send a portal message and provide us with an update. Dextrose prolotherapy should not cause excessive, severe pain. Severe pain after dextrose prolotherapy, especially accompanied by a fever, could indicate an infection. If you have a fever or any other concerning signs or symptoms, please call the office or go to the emergency room/urgent care immediately.