What is Neural Therapy?
Neural therapy, also referred to as neural prolotherapy or perineural injection, is used to treat pain in tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue.
The muscles in the body need proper nerve function in order to move. Addressing nerve dysfunction is extremely important. Failure to treat underlying nerve function can negatively impact other treatments.
This is an injection procedure which was developed by John Lyftogt in New Zealand. Injections are given underneath the skin with a glucose solution targeting the source of pain. The solution targets at the level of the nerves.
Lyftogt initially treated Achilles’ tendons with incredible success rate. Over time, these treatments were extended to other body parts which include the neck, back, knees, shoulders, etc.
How Does Neural Therapy Work?
Neural therapy works by decreasing inflammation of the nerve and its subsequent branches.
The solution seems to work on the TRPV-1 receptor which is involved in pain. When this receptor is activated, it results in the release of substances that cause inflammation.
By treating the nerve dysfunction with neural prolotherapy, this cascade is turned off. Surrounding connective tissue can then heal.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
NPT can be used to treat wide variety of conditions that are associated with pain. Common areas for treatment include neck, back, knee, shoulder, wrist, hand, elbow, and many other areas.
Neural Therapy Treatment - What to Expect
Typically, several injections will be given along the area of pain. Some injections may result in mild discomfort.
In most cases, patients will feel immediate relief after one session. However, the effects after one session are often short-lived. They may last a few hours to a few days.
With each session, the patient will feel progressively better as time goes on. Patients may need 6-8 sessions for complete resolution of the pain. Most conditions are treated on a weekly basis.
In the solution, no anesthetic is used. For comfort, you may take pain medication prior to the procedure. A cold spray can be used to help minimize discomfort with each injection.