Choosing a Prolotherapist

Choosing a Prolotherapist

Small RhombusChoosing the right Prolotherapist is very important and serious consideration should be made when choosing a doctor to perform Prolotherapy

Choosing a Prolotherapist

Choosing the right Prolotherapist is very important and serious consideration should be made when choosing a doctor to perform Prolotherapy or any Regenerative Medicine procedure. Prolotherapy involves a level of experience and training the same as any other specialized medical procedure. When choosing a Prolotherapist there are different factors that need to be taken into consideration:

  1. Experience:
    How long has the doctor been practicing Prolotherapy? Is the doctor recently out of school and if so, how long have they been practicing Prolotherapy. As with any skill, Prolotherapy is improved over time when practiced on a regular basis. There is no substitute for experience. What other experience does the doctor have to treat musculoskeletal painful conditions?
    Does the doctor have more than one degree related to the treating pain such as chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy or orthopedic medicine?

  2. Training/Credentials:
    Prolotherapy is a skill that requires a knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics of the body. Where did the doctor receive their training in prolotherapy? Did they read a book on prolotherapy and attend one seminar or have they consistently attended professional organizations dedicated to the teaching and training of prolotherapy. Post Graduate Professional Organization that provide Prolotherapy and other regenerative medicine training include American Association of Orthopedic Medicine (AAOM), The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine (AOAPRM) and The Hackett-Hemwell Foundation. The doctor should be able to easily provide this level of training when requested. Ask when the doctor last attended any level of professional training.
    Certified in Prolotherapy: Is the doctor Certified in Prolotherapy?
    The American Association of Orthopedic Medicine Certifies doctors in Prolotherapy based on their training and years of experience. Is the doctor Certified in Prolotherapy?

  1. How much of practice devoted to pain rehabilitation?:
    How much of the doctor’s practice is devoted to Prolotherapy and Pain Rehabilitation?
    A practice that performs primarily aesthetic procedures such as botox, fillers and facials and some prolotherapy will have a different emphasis than a practice primarily devoted to Prolotherapy and Pain Rehabilitation. It is felt by the author that the practice of Prolotherapy and Pain Rehabilitation should be over 70 % of the practice for the doctor to stay current and proficient in their skills.

  2. Other Pain Rehabilitation Services Offered?
    Because pain can have many different origins, does the doctor provide more than one way to treat pain? Different Prolotherapy Teaching organizations teach more than one way to treat pain that may include Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Neural Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, and Prolozone. Based on each individual’s pain condition, it is helpful to have different approaches to treat their specific pain condition.

  3. What Does Prolotherapy Cost?
    Prolotherapy can vary in cost depending on the number of areas treated (low back, knees, shoulder, etc.) and the qualifications of the doctor administering it. Prolotherapy should be administered by a physician specializing in Prolotherapy. When comparative cost shopping be wary of anyone claiming to be a Prolotherapy Specialist that advertises unusually low sounding rates or discounted fees. Ask yourself what you have paid previously when visiting a specialist for other conditions and use that as a guideline. It is also good to verify that the person conducting the treatment is a physician Certified in Prolotherapy.

Dr. Fred Arnold is the owner and medical director of Scottsdale Pain Rehabilitation and Wellness. He has been practicing Prolotherapy and Pain Rehabilitation for 9 years and practiced as a Chiropractor for 16 years. He trained with Dr. Kent Pomeroy, MD for 2 1/2 years until his death in 2014 and attends numerous Post Graduate Training courses in Prolotherapy and Pain Rehabilitation on an ongoing basis. The majority of his practice, approximately 70%, is devoted to pain rehabilitation and prolotherapy. He is one of the few doctors in the nation Certified in Prolotherapy by the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine. Specializing in Pain Rehabilitation, Dr. Arnold also provides other pain services such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Prolozone, Neural Therapy, Perineural Injection Therapy (Neural Prolotherapy), and Trigger Point Therapy. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Ozonotherapy (FAAO) and he has completed his Fellowship in Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine.