Dr. Gary Matson is a board certified family practice physician
who has been providing prolotherapy treatments to his patients
since 1995. Many of these patients had tried numerous traditional
forms of treatment for their chronic back and neck injuries without success. With prolotherapy their pain was relieved
and they were able to return to their normal everyday activities.
Dr. Matson became a believer in prolotherapy when he himself was
treated for a chronic back injury due to weight lifting. Daily
back pain radiating all the way down to his foot was completely relieved with several sessions of prolotherapy.
Seeing beneficial results, Dr. Matson received training in prolotherapy so that he could offer this form of treatment
to his patients. Like himself, his patients were searching for an alternative to surgery for their chronic pain.
Prolotherapy was the answer!
WHAT IS PROLOTHERAPY?
Prolotherapy is a form of medical treatment in which a physician injects a specialized solution into weakened and injured ligaments, tendons or
joints. Ligaments are the strong band-like structures that hold
your bones and joints together. If these ligaments have been stretched or torn in an injury, the joints that these
ligaments hold together will become hypermobile causing pain when the hypermobile joint is stretched beyond its
The prolotherapy solution that is injected into these weakened
ligaments causes new, stronger ligament fibers to be formed.
This strengthens and tightens up the entire ligament, causing the joint to no longer be hypermobile and thereby
reducing the strain on nerves, muscles and ligaments.
Prolotherapy has been scientifically observed to increase the
size of tendons and ligaments up to 40%. No scar tissue is formed
(as would be the case in surgical procedures). The tissue formed from Prolotherapy is healthy, strong, flexible
ligament or tendon tissue. Once the ligament or tendon has been repaired by Prolotherapy, the nerves are no longer
stretched or irritated, and the pain goes away.
Prolotherapy can be utilized in the entire spine (neck and back), the sacroiliac joints, shoulders, elbows, hips,
knees, ankles, and temporomandibular joints (TMJ).
Prolotherapy is an approved form of treatment by the American
Osteopathic Association and is endorsed by the former Surgeon General of the United States, C. Everett Koop, M.D..(You can read Dr. Koop's endorsement of Prolotherapy by clicking
on WHAT IS PROLOTHERAPY) Physicians have been treating patients with Prolotherapy since the 1930's. Many
of these patients had failed all other forms of treatment for their injuries.
WHAT CAN I
You may be asking, "How many treatments will I need and how often
do I receive them?". Each patient will have individualized needs based on their injuries but the average number of treatments is usually between six and twelve. Treatments are usually given every
There are of course no guarantees with any form of medical treatment but Dr. Matson has had excellent success in
treating patients with prolotherapy.(Click on TESTIMONIALS) Many patients have been relieved of the chronic daily pain that was draining
them physically and emotionally. If you are suffering from a chronic ligament, tendon or joint injury you too may
find relief with prolotherapy.
Dr. Matson is a member of both major national prolotherapy/sclerotherapy
medical associations- the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine and the American College of Osteopathic
Pain Management and Sclerotherapy. (Prolotherapy and Sclerotherapy
are synonymous terms for the same form of treatment.) He is a board certified family practice physician. As a D.O.(Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)
Dr. Matson has specialized training in treating the musculoskeletal system. Many patients request that Dr. Matson
provide them with osteopathic manipulative therapy (O.M.T.) in addition to prolotherapy. O.M.T. is a form of treatment
similar to a chiropractic "adjustment", in which the osteopathic physician uses his or her hands to re-align
the spine or reposition joints. This treatment relieves pain and improves the blood circulation and nerve supply
to the injured area.
In addition, Dr. Matson has licensed acupuncturists in his office. Dr.
Matson believes acupuncture is a wonderful complimentary treatment modality for patients who have acute or chronic
As you can see, Dr. Matson's patients have several treatment options to choose from. Even though Dr. Matson for
the most part practices traditional western medicine he believes that alternative therapies such as prolotherapy,
osteopathic manipulative therapy, acupuncture and herbal therapy compliment traditional medicine and offer his
patients the best comprehensive medical care possible.
Maintanining a healthy weight is very important not only for one's overall health but also in reducing joint problems
and other musculoskeletal injuries such as low back sprain. Dr. Matson is a health advisor for the Take Shape For
Life Weight Loss Program and offers this program to his patients. This is the most successful and easiest weight
loss program Dr. Matson has ever seen(He lost over 40 lbs. on the program himself!). For information on this program
click on the following link: www.drmatson.TSFL.com
If you are interested in any of the above therapies and would like to schedule an initial consultation with Dr.
Matson, please call the office at the following number: