For immediate release: May 28, 2018
San Antonio, TX – The Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation (HHPF) took a big step toward standardizing the way Prolotherapy treatments are effectively administered to patients around the world during a recent group workshop in Los Angeles.
Dr. Annette Zaharoff, who is helping lead the non-profit organization’s efforts to develop a global curriculum for Prolotherapy treatments, attended the working retreat with more than a dozen physicians from across the country.
Dr. Zaharoff, Medical Director for the Non-Surgical Center of Texas, is one of the nation’s leading proponents of Regenerative Injection Treatments such as Prolotherapy, which is a mixture of glucose and lidocaine. Injected properly into damaged tendons or joints, Prolotherapy can help patients heal and recover from musculoskeletal injury.
During the retreat, the group worked to further distill written chapters about how Prolotherapy should be administered to different body parts into 2-3 page study guides.
First drafts of some of the study guides were tested on physicians learning how treat patients with Prolotherapy during the HHPF’s recent Spring Break mission trip to Honduras. The takeaway from that trip was that the study guides were not “bedside friendly.” They were text heavy with no photos or illustrations to help show doctors how to administer Prolotherapy injections into the knee, shoulder, hip and other body parts.
The Los Angeles retreat focused on ways to convert the study guides into visually practical tools. As the HHPF Prolotherapy study guides are finalized, the goal will be to make them available to physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists as a complete educational tool, and to sell them to support continuing education and mission efforts of the Foundation.
Dr. Zaharoff said she expects the group to have a final document ready to present to hundreds of physicians from around the world who will attend the 23rd annual Prolotherapy Research Symposium and Conference this October at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The symposium is the world’s largest gathering of physicians who administer Prolotherapy treatments.
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About Dr. Z
Dr. Annette Zaharoff, a former professional tennis player on the WTA circuit, heads the Non-Surgical Center of Texas on Huebner Road (www.drzmd.com). An expert in Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Zaharoff is recognized for utilizing cutting-edge, non-invasive treatments such as Stem Cell therapy, Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma injections with ultrasound guidance and acupuncture, often paired with physical therapy.