Dr. Gloria Tucker | PRP | Regenerative Therapy | Prolotherapy
PRP, Regenerative Therapy, and Prolotherapy as treatment for hypermobility and musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, elbow pain in Marin and Sonoma counties.
Gloria Tucker M.D., a Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California, and Board Certified Sports Medicine Specialist who is a founding member of the International Association of Regenerative Therapists is one of the rare physicians in the world who is knowledgeable and skilled in treating the ligaments and tendons supporting the joints of the body. Often it is the tendons and ligaments causing the pain while the joint itself is not the problem. Many doctors (and even non-MDs) have learned to put PRP injections into a joint, sometimes a few injections here and there around the joint, but in her office, she treats not only the joint, but carefully assesses and treats all of the contributing structures. This requires great skill and a thorough understanding of anatomy.
IT’S THE LIGAMENTS!
After Dr. Tucker mastered this technique, she became an instructor within the Hackett-Hemwall-Patterson Foundation. Dr Patterson himself was her personal mentor. This is the organization of top doctors who founded the technique of Regenerative Medicine (Prolotherapy and PRP) in the late 1960’s. This is the only group that teaches doctors how to treat the supporting structures around the joints. For many years, Dr. Tucker has been teaching other doctors within this group this valuable and effective technique.
Once Dr. Tucker understood the wide application of proliferative medicine to the ligaments and tendons of the body, and the limitations of traditional medicine, she became proficient at advanced techniques for patients who did not respond to usual care or preferred alternative therapies. She clearly understood why PRP is often the 1st choice of professional athletes. Her advanced techniques include: PRP, Dextrose Prolotherapy, Prolozone and Peri-Neural Injection Therapy. This opened new horizons for her and she wanted to understand more so that she could integrate this therapy into a multifaceted approach. She actively takes courses in Osteopathy, Functional Movement Assessment Techniques, Ozone Therapy, Stem Cell Treatment and Ultrasound Guided Regenerative Medicine. Now she is knowledgeable and able to carefully assess and treat her patients and refer, when appropriate. In addition, she is well connected to alternative providers. These include: Chiropractic Care, Orthopedic Massage, Neuro-Kinetic Therapy, Acupuncture, Myo-fascial and Energy work. As a classically trained MD, she refers her patients to orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists when indicated. She is committed to evaluating her patient’s pain properly and recommending the right treatment.
Because of it’s popularity, Proliferative medicine (Dextrose Prolotherapy and PRP) are sometimes performed by practitioners or physicians that are not specifically trained in it’s proper use. More important than the substance itself is WHO is doing the treatment. It has been said that Dr. T has the best hands in the field.
Dr. Tucker’s Hallmark is taking the time to make an Accurate Diagnosis
Dr. Tucker’s treatments get to the source of your pain and take care of it once and for all. Her treatments are not invasive, like surgery. They don’t mask the pain, like drug therapy. Instead, her treatments literally help your own body rebuild the supporting structures around the painful joint – giving you enduring pain relief. Dr. Tucker’s diagnoses and treatments are at the cutting edge of medicine today.
Dr. Tucker’s trained hands are precise and accurate, but she also uses the guidance of Ultrasound
Gloria Tucker M.D. is
- Instructor of Proliferative/Regenerative Techniques to physicians since 2013
- Board Certified Diplomate in Sports Medicine,
- University of Southern California, M.D.,
- University of Southern California B.S., Phi Beta Kappa
Millions of people in this country suffer from pain in their backs, knees, neck, feet, and every joint imaginable. Pain has severely limited their lives. More times than not, people are unsure about the cause of this pain and have found no relief. Perhaps this is you. Pain medicines are prescribed. Sometimes surgery is recommended, but the pain continues. 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.
Dr. Tucker weaves together the Analytic Expertise of Traditional Medicine with the Time-Honored Success of Alternative Knowledge.
Behind the scenes of Gloria Tucker M.D.’s Prolotherapy Office; a short video
Dr. Tucker is a Specialist in the Advanced therapies
of PRP, Regenerative Therapy, Prolotherapy.
What is Proliferative Medicine (Regenerative Medicine or Prolotherapy)?
Proliferative treatment 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. Guided by Ultra Sound, 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.
Proliferative Medicine is the treatment of choice for the loose-jointed patient (Hypermobile), 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 Proliferative treatment include Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia (which is frequently associated with hypermobility) Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and so much more. But we must stress that PRP is five times more effective than Prolotherapy and we highly recommend exploring that option, first.
Can proliferative medicine help with my nerve pain? Yes!
Neuro-Prolotherapy (Perineural Injection Therapy)
This is a breakthrough procedure that has been recently pioneered by Dr. John Lyftgot . He found that the receptors (TRPV1) to the chemicals secreted by the nerves carry the sensitivity to pain. When those nerves have been ignited, he found that injecting the skin along the nerve tracts shut down the pain transmission. We use 5% dextrose which diffuses down into the deeper nerve tracts and stops the pain. This technique works, and it is very safe.
I have had great success with this in facial pain, neck pain, head pain, hip pain, peripheral nerve pain and severe nerve pain after injury and surgery.