If you are a physician (MD or DO) helping patients through the management and treatment of chronic pain due to ligament instability, our annual clinical conference is designed for you.

Each October, the HHPF’s expert faculty gather on the beautiful University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to offer physicians detailed instruction in the use of prolotherapy. Participants will learn basic and advanced techniques to treat laxity of ligaments that often cause chronic myofascial pain.

This two and a half day conference offers lectures, extensive anatomy review, discussion, demonstrations, practice injections on cadavers with C-arm guidance, and viewing of injection videos with a faculty member and model. The hands-on workshops enable the conferee to have practical training in palpation and marking for prolotherapy. Discussions of prolotherapy indications and complications along with a panel discussion of complicated cases enhance the participant’s learning.

After this CME-eligible conference, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize new clinical science research in injection therapy for musculoskeletal conditions including knee osteoarthritis, low back pain and tendinopathies
  • Review new clinical science research in injection therapy for musculoskeletal conditions
  • Recognize research being conducted in prolotherapy with suggestions for collaborating in research projects
  • Describe the anatomy of ligaments
  • Participate in C-arm guided cadaver injections
  • Illustrate complications, and ways to avoid complications, when treating patients with prolotherapy
  • Recognize the relationship of biotensegrity to MSK function
  • Relate new advances in the use of several injection solutions, including PRP and stem cells, for musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment
  • Explain advanced prolotherapy treatment protocols for the treatment of chronic pain
  • Identify ways to promote a prolotherapy practice and successfully submit billing documentation


The 14th annual UW Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation Prolotherapy Research Symposium will be held in Madison, WI, on October 17, 2018. This has been an active and exciting year in prolotherapy research and injection medicine. In this year’s conference, speakers will review recently published clinical research on prolotherapy and related injection therapy and bring you the latest information of studies now in progress.

This meeting brings together clinicians, clinical researchers and basic scientists interested in research of prolotherapy and related injection therapies. Each speaker is an active clinician and/or researcher who will present completed or ongoing studies. The overall tone of the conference is participatory and collaborative. Our primary goal is to facilitate a high level of understanding of current research and to stimulate further work among and between researchers, clinicians and other attendees.

Registration opens in July!