The Origin of ProloGel

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Dr. Howie Rosen began an unexpected journey in 1997. Dr. Rosen was involved in a serious car accident, suffered a neck injury and was hospitalized for several days. He was given oral medications for pain, yet experienced little to no relief at all. He began to explore other methods of relief; he found some to be effective: chiropractic manipulation and electrical acupuncture both brought temporary relief, and with physical therapy treatments he was able to return to work. He was not satisfied, however, and continued to seek out additional means of pain relief.

Soon afterward, he found a treatment that worked, called prolotherapy.This offered the best relief he’d experienced. By injecting dextrose into ligaments, prolotherapy released the body’s own repair process and allowed the body to heal itself. Dr. Rosen had found an effective solution, not only for himself, but also for the patients who came to him for pain relief.

Still, prolotherapy treatments can require several injections, and Dr. Rosen heard the repeated request for a regimen that didn’t cause any discomfort. As he studied prolotherapy and attended conferences, he learned about neural prolotherapy, which differed from the standard form by treating nerves just below the skin. This practice utilized shorter needles for shallower penetration and minimal discomfort, injecting a dextrose solution into the subcutaneous tissue.

This notion gave Dr. Rosen the foundation to build upon the idea that it was possible to deliver prolotherapy solutions to the subcutaneous layer without injection. Settling on ultrasound as the most practical means of delivering a solution, he then tried several different solutions to deliver pain relief. Utilizing prolotherapy solutions in a gel form, ProloGel is the result of Dr. Rosen’s research.

After both being treated, and treating his patients with prolotherapy, Dr. Rosen attended a neural prolotherapy conference with John Lyftogt, M.D. At the conference, Dr. Lyftogt presented research showing that, when delivered in subcutaneous injections could relieve both acute and chronic pain. Considering the possibility further, Dr. Rosen hypothesized that this method of therapy could be delivered without injections. After the conference, Dr. Rosen tested a number of delivery methods and formulas to test his hypothesis. He named the resulting formula ProloGel.

Dr. Rosen's first patient suffered from nerve pain after toe amputations. After a few treatments, this patient reported being almost pain free and was able to refrain from taking his normal pain medication. Dr. Rosen continued his informal study on 25 more patients. The results were that the median perceived pain level* dropped from 7.3 to 2.1 immediately after the first treatment.

Dr. Rosen later discovered that ProloGel with ultrasound could treat neck, back, and thoracic pain, and most joint pains and nerve pain stemming from sources like Morton's neuroma, and trigeminal neuralgia. ProloGel has even been effective in shrinking ganglions and relieving the numbness caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.

- Based on a Visual Analog Scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest pain the patient can imagine.

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