Integrative Non-Surgical Orthopedics
Using Traditional Medicine, Alternative Medicine and  Advanced Medical Treatments, Dr. Tucker diagnoses and treats tough Musculoskeletal Issues.



Prolotherapy, PRP for Joint Pain, Arthritis and Hypermobility - Serving Marin and Sonoma
Please Note! We have moved our Novato Office to 695 De Long Ave, Suite 101, Novato, 94945!
For any questions please call 415-506-4907.
Dr. Tucker, a Phi Beta Kappa from USC, worked in a traditional Orthopedic office for 13 years, during which time she began incorporating advanced and non-traditional techniques for patients who did not respond to usual care or preferred alternative therapies. These include: Osteopathy, Homeopathy, Pilates and Advanced Techniques.
Advanced Techniques are PRP, Prolotherapy, and Neuro-Prolotherapy
Prolotherapy and PRP are long lasting treatments for the relief of frustrating joint and back pain. After receiving Prolotherapy and PRP, the body begins to repair itself by rebuilding the damaged areas. On the forefront of western medical pain treatment, these procedures are performed by a very experienced medical professional, who is Board Certified in Sports Medicine by the American College of Sports Medicine, Gloria Tucker M.D.. She has undergone extensive training through the Hackett Hemwall Foundation to subspecialize in this area. Additionally, she is an instructor of these modalities to other physicians for the last 5 years through the Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation. Dr Tucker is committed to evaluating your pain properly and helping you find the right treatment
     Millions of people in this country suffer from  pain in their backs, knees and every joint that has severely limited their lives. So often people are unsure about the cause of this pain, and have found no relief with treatment. Pain medicines are prescribed and sometimes even surgery is recommended, but the pain continues.

     This is especially true of the hyper-mobile person (also called double jointed) and for those who have looseness in specific joints. Frequently, after an injury or surgery, very specific tendons or ligaments are damaged and they are unable to heal on their own. Exercise won't strengthen a damaged ligament. And the pain persists. The only way to address this problem is using Proliferative Therapy (Prolotherapy).

     This is the cutting edge of pain medicine now. This treatment gets to the source of the pain and takes care of it once and for all. It is not invasive like surgery and does not mask the pain like drug therapy. Instead, it literally helps rebuild the supporting structures around the painful joint, which most of the time, has deteriorated (much like a frayed rope).This won't be seen on an X-ray or MRI. But can be diagnosed properly with a careful examination by a skilled physician.

     Prolotherapy involves carefully addressing each tendon and ligament surrounding the injured joint. We create a very precise inflammatory response in the injured tissue allowing collagen to reform and healing to occur. A series of very specific small injections initiates this response, and effectively tightens and heals the damaged tissue. Once these structures are stable, pain resolves and strengthening can take place.

     Prolotherapy is the treatment of choice for the loose jointed patient (even if no one ever diagnosed you with this), patellar subluxation, recurrent ankle sprain, sacro-iliac (SI) instability, low back pain, mid back pain, hip, knee (especially meniscal injuries), plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow and most problems in the foot, hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, back and neck. It is a great remedy for early arthritis and sports injuries. Other disorders that respond beautifully to Prolotherapy include Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia (which is frequently associated with hypermobility) Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ehlors-Danlos syndrome and so many more.

     Prolotherapy is rapidly coming to the forefront in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. Now is the time to get serious about reclaiming your life with Prolotherapy,

     After suffering herself, from severe low back pain that did not respond to conventional treatment,  Dr. Tucker found a cure with Prolotherapy. She is passionate about this treatment and became deeply driven to undergo extensive training in order to offer this treatment to people in pain. It may be very possible for you to live a pain free life with reasonable activity and no drugs. 


    Some people live with intractable pain every day. They have limited relief with Narcotics and are very frustrated at having to take pills which simply mask their pain. Perhaps this is you.

     Groundbreaking work is being done with a treatment called Perineural Injection Therapy (Neuro-Prolotherapy). After an injury, accident or repetitive damage, the nerves sometime continues to send inappropriate messages resulting in pain, often unusual patterns which can be very confusing. This can be diagnosed by a careful examination and then treated with Peri-Neural Injection Therapy. Peri-Neural Injection Therapy involves very small shallow injections of 5% Dextrose near the problem nerve (it feels like small mosquito bites). The fluid diffuses in and interrupts the inapproprate messages at the TRP-V1 receptor junction. As a result, the message is turned off and the pain is gone with no numbness or loss of sensation. PNIT is effective for most pain syndromes, but works very well for migraine, facial pain, neck pain, phantom pain and unusual types of pain.

     Peri-Neural Injection Therapy is an effective way to find relief of disabling pain without drugs. It can be life changing since the pain often is simply gone after one treatment.

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