Prolotherapy for Hip Pain

Are you looking for an alternative to hip surgery? We would love to help you discover if you are a good candidate for Prolotherapy, including the cellular forms known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. These regenerative treatments offer hope to those looking to eliminate hip pain from degenerative conditions including arthritis, labral tears, impingement, IT band syndrome, bursitis, and other conditions. Our specialists get to the root cause of the problem that often goes undiagnosed for years: hip joint instability due to ligament laxity. You do not have to live with nagging hip pain or live in fear of surgery! Caring Medical has outstanding patient results with our comprehensive and Prolotherapy treatment protocols, including patients who were told that hip surgery was their only option, as well as in patients who have received less complete forms of PRP or stem cell therapy elsewhere. Our unique approach to whole joint care has been sought by patients from around the world since 1993.

Symptoms caused by Hip Instability

  • Aching pain while sitting or driving
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Gait abnormality/ waddling
  • Hip giving way or feeling of instability
  • Hip pain / stiffness/ soreness
  • Loss of motion
  • Loss of muscle strength
  • Muscle spasms
  • Need to pop the hip back in place
  • Referral pain into buttock or down the leg
  • Snapping sensation

These symptoms can be signs of the following hip pain conditions caused by hip instability that we commonly treat with Prolotherapy.

Chronic Conditions caused by Hip Instability

labral tears
bone spurs
Snapping hip
band syndrome

Prolotherapy Treatment for Hip Pain

Most painful hip conditions begin with damage to the surrounding ligaments and progress into degenerative conditions that include hip osteoarthritis, labral degeneration, snapping hip syndrome, bone spurs, femoroacetabular impingement and more. This causes hip joint instability. Until the instability is addressed comprehensively, the joint will continue to degenerate due to the destructive joint motions. The only treatment that can repair the ligament laxity that is allowing destructive joint motions is Prolotherapy. Cortisone injections are routinely used in traditional medicine to cover up the pain temporarily and have degenerative effects that lead to early onset of osteoarthritis. Traditional treatments are not targeted to resolve the source of hip pain, which therefore leads to accelerated degeneration and the eventual need for hip replacement.

X-ray of a Normal Hip compared to a Steroid-Injected Hip

X-ray of a Normal Hip compared to a Steroid-Injected Hip

Right hip degeneration was accelerated in a patient following multiple steroid injections.

However, hip replacement surgery is fraught with problems from the need for revision and resurfacing to metal poisoning and many others. Staples or other attempts to secure tissue can leave it less pliable and at risk for further long-term damage. While there are times that surgery is needed for more advanced cases that have lost most range of hip motion and have extensive destruction of the joint integrity, Prolotherapy may be an option afterward for post-surgical pain relief and soft tissue repair. Even better is seeking a Prolotherapy evaluation for painful hip conditions before the joint destruction is out of control!

Hackett-Hemwall Prolotherapy is the original, more comprehensive regenerative injection treatment that targets the weakened ligaments that are causing hip joint instability and degeneration. They are also the real reason for underlying pain both in the hip and often referral pain in the legs or buttock. To properly correct the instability, it is not a one or two shot job. The injections need to be a strong enough solution and be done to the whole hip area. Our more comprehensive treatment techniques can safely and effectively eliminate hip pain, offering a much-needed alternative to hip surgery by stimulating the body to repair the supportive ligaments around the joint, as well as promoting cartilage regeneration.

Prolotherapy Regeneration of Hip Cartilage

Non-Surgical Hip Labral Tear Treatment with Prolotherapy

Before and after hip x-rays of a patient treated with Prolotherapy.

In our studies, we found Prolotherapy is an excellent option for alleviating chronic hip pain and the need for most hip surgeries. Cellular Prolotherapy is also an excellent option for more advanced hip arthritis and labral tears. Our team can determine if you sound like a good candidate for our clinics. Even if you have been recommended for surgery or have tried cortisone, PRP, or stem cell injection at other clinics that did not resolve the pain, we may very well be able to help you! Because we focus on whole joint care, treating both inside the joint and all the supporting structures, this approach is more comprehensive and may be better suited for your case.

Our Research on the use of Prolotherapy for Hip Pain

In our retrospective study on the use of Hackett-Hemwall dextrose Prolotherapy, patients who presented with over five years of unresolved hip pain were shown to improve their pain, stiffness, range of motion, and quality of life measures even 19 months subsequent to their last Prolotherapy session. The complete study and results can be read here: Hauser R, Hauser M. A Retrospective Study on Hackett-Hemwall Dextrose Prolotherapy for Chronic Hip Pain at an Outpatient Charity Clinic in Rural Illinois Journal of Prolotherapy. 2009;1(2):76-88.

Average pain level BEFORE Prolotherapy
Average pain level AFTER Prolotherapy

Pain scale is 1-10 where 1 = no pain & 10 = unrelenting pain.

We get patient satisfaction results. In 9/10 cases we meet or beat the patients expectations. Our results are long lasting and provide permanent pain relief. This is why patients travel from all over the world to see our providers.

Our other studies on regenerative treatment outcomes for hip pain

Patient Success Stories using Prolotherapy for Hip Pain

Unresolved Hip Instability

While doing side steps with a Thera-band attached to his ankles, VW felt a pull and a sharp pain from the hip down the inside of his leg. The hip/leg pain later spread to his back, making prolonged sitting or standing difficult and causing VW to walk with a limp. He saw an orthopedic surgeon who recommended hip replacement. Eventually, another orthopedist performed 3 microfracture surgeries with debridement, but those along with PT, and even a sports hernia repair failed to bring relief. When we saw VW, physical examination clearly showed significant hip instability that was never addressed. Five Prolotherapy treatments with PRP and Lipoaspirate to the hip and back, resulted in significant improvement in walking/standing duration, functioning and reduction of pain.


Even high-tech procedures, like microfracture surgery to stimulate cartilage repair, will not work in these types of cases. Addressing the underlying joint instability is always necessary for resolution of symptoms, and this can be accomplished with Prolotherapy.

Hip Impingement

Due to a history of groin pain, KB was treated for hip bursitis, but was eventually diagnosed with bilateral hip impingement and a right-sided labral tear per MRI. He sought Prolotherapy in lieu of arthroscopic exploratory surgery. KB described his pain as lateral as well as in the glut region. In addition, he noted a constant clunking sound in his hips, with increased pain upon movement. Bilateral hip instability was found upon physical exam. Three Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy treatments were given, resulting in remarkable overall functional improvement, enabling KB to exercise without pain.


People are often misdiagnosed with bursitis when the true cause of pain and impingement is due to underlying hip instability. Prolotherapy effectively stabilizes the hip joint and repairs the associated labral tears and impingement.

Prolotherapy for Hip Pain after Hip Replacement

MS was an 82 year-old who walked with a cane due to continued pain after a hip replacement 10 years prior. Another surgery was recommended, but she declined. Instead, she sought Prolotherapy with the goal of staying mobile and continuing daily activities, like hospital visitations. She was also hopeful that the treatments would eliminate her pain enough to allow her to walk without using a cane. After only two Prolotherapy treatments, her function increased and pain decreased, allowing MS the ability to walk without a cane. Goals achieved!


Prolotherapy can successfully relieve post-joint replacement pain. Though, ideally, Prolotherapy is sought before the patient needs joint replacement surgery in the first place!

Hip Labral Tear

SB received a cortisone injection after several months of left hip pain from a fall while running. In the few weeks of cortisone induced relief, SB continued running, during which she experienced a sharp pain down her leg. This pain along with burning and stiffness progressed to the point of making her desk job unbearable, returning SB to her orthopedist. A prescribed MRI revealed labral fraying. On the recommendation of a friend, SB sought out Prolotherapy. After 4 Dextrose Prolotherapy and 4 PRP treatments, SB’s symptoms were eliminated, enabling her to resume running pain-free.


Cortisone is extremely dangerous to use for chronic pain, because it covers up pain from an injured joint, leading to further injury such as a labral tear. Prolotherapy does not cover up pain, and the athlete can continue to exercise as the tissue strength returns.

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