About Dr. Wheaton 2017-09-17T01:39:02+00:00

Dr. Mark Wheaton is a board-certified medical doctor specializing in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also called Physiatry. He has additional training in the field of Sports Medicine and over 21 years of experience in the Management of Chronic Pain. In his practice, Lakeside Sports and Pain Clinic, he utilizes Prolotherapy, Nutritional Medicine, Physical Therapy, Electrotherapy, massage therapy, Neurotransmitter therapy and other treatments with great results.

Dr. Wheaton has performed prolotherapy extensively since 1996, specializing in the Hackett-Hemwall method. In 1999, he presented “Introduction to Prolotherapy” at the Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction Seminar in Sanibel, Florida. In 2001, he was a contributing author to the book, Prolo Your Sports Injuries Away by Ross Hauser, MD. He has become one of the best-known prolotherapists in the mid-west, drawing patients from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, Washington DC,  Alaska and of course, Minnesota.

Dr. Wheaton has given lectures on prolotherapy to his colleagues, informational Health Forums for the general public, and provides one-on-one training to qualified practitioners.

Born and raised in the Lake Minnetonka area, Dr. Wheaton graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in physiology in 1981. He completed his four-year medical school degree in 1987 at George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C. His internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation were completed at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California in 1992. He obtained additional training by completing a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute in 1993.

Since 1997, Dr Wheaton volunteered his skills at the charity medical clinic, Beulah Land Natural Medicine Clinic, held quarterly in Thebes, IL, in addition to various athletic events in the Minneapolis area. His Christian faith is his source of strength and guidance. He enjoys tennis, golf, ice hockey, swimming, sailing, biking, cross country skiing, big band music / swing dancing and time spent with family and friends. He and his wife, Gina, and their two sons, reside in the Lake Minnetonka area.


Specializing in Prolotherapy for Chronic Pain, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Athletic Injuries.


Medical Doctor, Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Fellowship Training in Sports Medicine.


In Private, Solo Practice since 1996. Prolotherapy Author, Speaker, and Instructor.



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Dr. Mark Wheaton discovered the unique and highly effective treatment method of Prolotherapy in 1996. He desired a natural, long-term therapy that would benefit and improve the lives of the patients in his practice with connective tissue injuries and chronic pain. Personally, he wanted to find the answer to the many chronic injuries that he had accumulated from a lifetime of competitive sports. Prolotherapy became the answer for both patients and himself alike.

Dr. Wheaton received quality, in-depth Prolotherapy training in 1996 and 1997, by learning the renowned Hackett-Hemwall method. The director of the Hackett-Hemwall conference seminars said to Dr. Wheaton that Prolotherapy would “take over” his practice and it certainly has done that! Over 95% of Dr. Wheaton’s practice is devoted to Prolotherapy with over 90% of his patients getting good to excellent results.

Dr. Wheaton has successfully treated chronic connective tissue pain from head to toe with Prolotherapy.

Dr. Mark Wheaton is a board certified medical doctor in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM & R), a specialty field of medicine sanctioned by the American Board of Medical Specialties. It is also called Physiatry (fizz-ee-a-tree) and the doctor who practices PM&R is called a physiatrist (fizz-ee-a-trist).

The area of outpatient, or ambulatory, care of patients (like Dr. Wheaton’s practice), treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain is growing rapidly. The vast majority of musculoskeletal or orthopaedic problems that present to the physician’s office do not require surgery. The diagnosis and treatment of these types of injuries is best termed “Physical medicine” or “Orthopaedic medicine”.

There are many conditions which a physiatrist evaluates and treats. Severe neurologic injury, such as spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury and many other neurological diseases are managed in a hospital-based rehabilitation setting. A physiatrist may also oversee the rehabilitation of cardiac, pulmonary and cancer patients, in addition to amputation, musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain. A wide range of therapists are utilized along with assistive devices such as wheelchairs and orthotic/prosthetic devices. To assist in diagnosis and management, a physiatrist also relies on electromyography (EMG) and a variety of imaging studies such as x-ray, CT scan and MRI scan to further enhance diagnosis and treatment of options. Physiatrists do not perform surgery.

A variety of treatment approaches can be utilized by the physiatrist, including physical therapy, treatment modalities, therapeutic exercise, medications, a variety of injection techniques (including prolotherapy), manual therapy, orthotics and modification of activities at work and home. All treatment options, or any combination, may be utilized to treat a problem. The ultimate goal in treatment is to treat the person’s pain and to improve function during daily activities as quickly as possible, whether it be work or an active lifestyle.

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