Your 1st Prolotherapy Visit
Welcome to Caring Medical! We hope that you will find your visit with us a delightful experience that meets, or better, exceeds, your expectations for a Prolotherapy doctor’s office.
What should I do to prepare for my first Prolotherapy visit?
Complete the online new patient packet: When you make your appointment you will be asked to provide us with an email address. We will email you a user name and password to securely enter your new patient information. You may access the new patient packet from the following link. Just have your user name and password handy. And don’t forget your 4-digit PIN. You were provided this PIN upon making your appointment.
If you have trouble completing the packet, please contact us before your appointment. In order to see our patients in a timely manner and give you the best service while you are in our office, we expect new patients to come in with theNew Patient packet completed. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Pain Medications: If you are taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, or Celebrex, or narcotic medications such as Vicodin, MS Contin, Morphine, Percocet, etc. it would be best to stop taking them 2-7 days prior to your first visit. They interfere with the healing process with Prolotherapy. If you have been taking narcotic medications long term, you should discontinue them only under the guidance of a physician.
Test Results: if you have MRI, X-ray, or other pertinent lab reports, please bring them with you for your appointment.
Eat prior to coming in. If you are planning to get Prolotherapy, you must eat beforehand. If you have a morning appointment, please eat a good breakfast before coming in, ideally with some protein. If you have an afternoon appointment, you should have had breakfast and lunch before coming in.
While at Caring Medical
Arrival and Paperwork: Arriving on time will help make your appointment run smoothly. If you experience an unavoidable delay, such as a delayed flight, please notify the office so that we can determine if we can alter the schedule to accommodate your needs. If you are stuck in traffic, please call our office to see if we can help you navigate a better route to our Illinois office or an alternative route to our Florida office.
Our reception team will welcome you to the practice, take your photo for your electronic medical chart, acquaint you with the office, and get you started with a bit of initial paperwork/progress reports. At each Prolotherapy visit, we like to know how our patients are progressing, and will ask you to fill out how you are feeling for each area you have treated. The goal of these patient progress notes are to better understand and assess your current status and how you progress through the treatment course.
Medical History: A nurse or clinical assistant will obtain a detailed medical history, review your new patient packet, and obtain vitals signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and weight. Our staff is very knowledgeable and experienced in Prolotherapy and Natural Medicine. They can help answer some of your initial questions and will be with you through the whole visit. He/she will take notes for you, and review all of the information and instructions from the practitioner after your exam.
Patient Visit: The physician/PA will review your medical history and do a physical exam to assess the painful areas and overall joint function. He/she will then talk with you in more detail about an ideal treatment plan. If the practitioner feels you are a good candidate for Prolotherapy, the treatment can be done that same day. If it is felt that additional diagnostic visualization is recommended, such as Digital Motion X-ray or Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, your practitioner can discuss the benefits of those with you. In addition, if there are any other laboratory tests, nutrition or diet suggestions, device or exercise instructions, these will be discussed during the visit.
Prolotherapy: Prolotherapy is an injection technique. Yes, they can hurt, but they go by very quickly. If you are anxious, we have a lot of options that can make the procedure practically painless. Though most people actually do not need any help to get through the treatment because it generally takes only a few minutes.
After Treatment: After the treatment, you will rest with some heat packs on the treated area for 10-15 minutes. This helps soothe the treated area and also helps speed the healing through increased circulation. While you rest with heat, the assistant/nurse will review our Post Prolotherapy Instruction sheet with you. This covers the do’s and don’ts with Prolotherapy.
Nutritional Supplementation and therapeutic devices: Your Prolotherapy specialist may have diet recommendations or suggest some nutritional supplements to aid in your healing or overall health. If specific Prolotherapy-related supplements are part of your treatment plan, a high quality source will be recommended where you can obtain them. If your practitioner recommends a therapeutic device for your condition (such as a cervical collar or rehabilitation exercise equipment), your nurse/assistant can advise you on where to obtain them as well.
Checkout and Follow-up
Payment: After your consultation/treatment, your nurse/assistant will take you back out to the reception area to pay the bill for your visit. (See our Pricing page, if you would like to review our Prolotherapy costs and other insurance and payment information.)
Follow-up Appointment: Before leaving, you can also schedule your next Prolotherapy visit with your clinical assistant, or with any of our administrative team upon checkout. It is a good idea to make your appointment at this time, to ensure you can get the appointment time you want, as the schedule fills up quickly.
On your post-treatment plan, you will have the direct contact information for your clinical assistant who was with you during the visit. You will also hear from our clinical team after your visit to check in and see how you’re feeling and make sure your questions have all been answered.
We are always available to you, and look forward to working with you. If you have any questions or concerns between visits, do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or by email.