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PRP Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy, or proliferation therapy, is a non-surgical technique that has been used for almost 100 years by doctors to help promote healing from injuries or arthritic joints.

About PRP Prolotherapy Services

Prolotherapy, or proliferation therapy, is a non-surgical technique that has been used for almost 100 years by doctors to help promote healing from injuries or arthritic joints. When tendons or ligaments are stretched or torn, the joint they are holding can become weakened and cause pain. Prolotherapy injection contains natural substances such as dextrose (a natural form of sugar found in the body) in addition to lidocaine (helps an area become numb) and saline. Newer formulas for more severe cases can include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and autologous adult stem cells taken from bone marrow or adipose fat tissue. A small amount of this solution is injected into the weak or damaged area of ligaments, tendons or joints. This causes a natural response from the inflammatory system, creating repair cells and new tissue fibers that help support a weak area and can improve pain too. A steroid injection is different than Prolotherapy because steroid injections prevent the body’s normal healing process and can hide the pain. In the long-run, this may weaken the joint and ligaments and are not as helpful at healing the damaged area. The most common uses for Prolotherapy are chronic pain in the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and ankle. Treatment intervals vary depending on the injury or condition. However, it is common to have an injection every three to six weeks for a total of four to six treatments. Any pain that is involved with prolotherapy varies according to the area treated as well as the choice of solution. Common side effects include mild swelling and stiffness that go away fairly quickly. If pain medication is needed post injection, Tylenol is recommended to take. Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naprosyn should not be used because they will stop the desired healing process of prolotherapy. If you think you might be a candidate for Prolotherapy, we welcome you to talk to your doctor!

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Heritage has its own Urgent Care Plus high acuity urgent care facility with services including on-site Labs, x-ray, wound care and infusion services. Heritage Medical Group is contracted with four High Desert urgent care facilities and is contracted with hospitals in the High Desert and Southern California.
With an average medical group, obtaining a referral can often take weeks! We've developed a system to speed up the referral process and get you seen by a doctor as fast as possible. Heritage's fast track referrals can be completed in hours - not weeks!
Because Heritage is part of the Heritage Provider Network - one of Southern California’s largest medical groups - our members have access to over 200 local specialists throughout Southern California.
Heritage accepts most health plans. Contact our member services to see if we are contracted with your health plan. 1(800) 655-9999
Heritage has many benefits and resources that other medical groups in our area do not have. These benefits include fast track referrals, free fitness, senior activities and more. Heritage also has an Urgent Care facility for members with near-emergency-room levels of care (known as high acuity care), capable of handling even serious injuries.
Navigating through the healthcare system can be very difficult for even the most informed individuals. Coordinated care is a way that a medical group assists you in finding the right care by the right doctor. Your coordinated care team can help you track a myriad of appointments, insurance coverage, and generally any services you might need to ensure your health and safety according to your doctor's recommendations.
Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans: Comprehensive coordinated care. A health maintenance organization (HMO) contracts with health care professionals and facilities to create a “provider network.” If you choose HMO insurance, you’ll typically pay a small co-payment if you visit a physician or hospital within the plan network. HMO insurance often features lower premiums and co-pays than other plans. Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans: Self coordinated care. A preferred provider organization (PPO) also enters into contractual agreements with health care providers and creates a “provider network.” But unlike HMOs, PPO health insurance will cover some - but not all - of the cost of care administered by out-of-network providers, and patients take on more responsibility to coordinate their care.
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