Prolotherapy - Dr. Allen Hooper, MD

Dr. Allen Hooper is an independent consultant and will provide assessment and treatment services at Sports Clinic. Referral from an MD or physiotherapist is required by faxing Sports Clinic at 250-487-1453.

What is prolotherapy?

Instability of spinal and peripheral joints is a source of pain for clients that fail to recover within expected tissue healing timelines. Prolotherapy is an injection technique aimed at proliferation of connective tissue to restore joint health and stability. It is part of a pain management plan that includes physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Conditions that respond well to Prolotherapy:

Generally we are looking for conditions that have a history of injury that would be consistent with a ligament sprain or tendon overuse. Typically chronic pain due to a ligament sprain will temporarily respond well to bracing or taping.

Injuries to the spinal disc such as herniation or degeneration are not good candidates. Similarly cartilage inside a joint, (meniscus, labral, TFCC) does not respond well. Nerve compression from disc herniation or stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal or foramen) will also not respond well.

Publications by Dr. Allen Hooper:

  • Hooper A, Hildebrand K, Faris P. Chronic dorsal wrist pain treated with dextrose prolotherapy:A randomized controlled trial. In preparation.
  • Yelland M, Hooper A, Faris P. Minimum clinically important changes in disability in a prospective case series with chronic thoracic and lumbar spinal pain. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. In press.
  • Hooper RA, Yelland M, Fonstad P, Southern D. Prospective case series on litigants and non-litigants with chronic spinal pain treated with dextrose prolotherapy. International Musculoskeletal Medicine. In press.
  • Schneider GM, Smith AD, Hooper A, Stratford P, Schneider KJ, Westaway MD, Frizzell B, Olson L. Minimizing the source of nociception and its concurrent effect on sensory hypersensitivity: An exploratory study in chronic whiplash patients. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(29):1-10
  • Fonstad P, Hooper RA. Hip labral tears as a co-morbidity of low back and pelvic girdle pain following motor vehicle collisions: A case series. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. 2008;21:245-51.
  • Hooper A, Frizzell B, Faris P. Case Series on Chronic Whiplash Related Neck Pain Treated With Intraarticular Zygapophysial Joint Regeneration Injection Therapy. Pain Physician 2007;10:313-318
  • Hooper A. Chronic pain patients with syrinx following motor vehicle accident: A case series. (Abstract) Pain Research and Management 2006;11(2):113.
  • Hooper A, Sherman S, Frizzell B. Case report of whiplash related chronic neck pain treated with intra-articular prolotherapy. Journal of Whiplash Related Disorders 2005:4(2):23-28
  • Hooper A, Ding M: Retrospective Series on Patients with Chronic Spinal Pain Treated with Dextrose Prolotherapy. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine 2004;10(4):670-74.
  • Thompson D, Hooper A: How to Identify and Manage Soft Tissue Pain. Canadian Journal of Continuing Medical Education 1999;11(4):87-103.

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