For those who suffer chronic pain, there are a number of solutions which are viable, but none that really get to the root of the problem. Neural Prolotherapy is one solution which has been recently developed to give patients the best pain relief that is going, not just on the day, but also in the future. It can also be used long term to help to repair weak, torn or stretched ligaments, muscles and tendons.
What is Neural Prolotherapy?
Neural Prolotherapy is an injection treatment whereby a qualified doctor such as Dr Kaplan injects a sugar (usually dextrose or mannitol) solution just under the skin, encouraging the healing of nerves which are injured or entrapped due to inflammation, and restoring tissue function.
Although the nerves are on the surface, the pain that they create is often deeper, and the solution which is injected changes the signalling within the nerve and stops the neurogenic inflammation (or neuropathic pain). It will then help the nerves to heal and prevent the injury from occurring again.
When a tissue is injured, a release of substances occurs which will activate the nerve receptor called the “Transient receptor potential V1” (TrpV1). The injection of the sugar solution blocks the receptor and restores normal nerve functioning.
The process of neural Prolotherapy involves a series of small injections in the area where the pain is, and most patients feel an alleviation of the pain almost instantaneously. Most patients will receive between 3 and 8 separate treatments depending on how long the pain has been present and how severe the damage is.
In general, each treatment will reduce the pain by 10-20%, and the initial effect should last between a few hours and days. If an injection is painful it means that you have found the most painful area, and whilst the pain relief should be almost instant, it is likely to return relatively quickly if the pain is severe. Over time and with more injections, however, the pain relief will last for longer, until no more are needed.
What can be treated with Neural Prolotherapy?
There are a number of conditions which can be treated using Neural Prolotherapy. These include; injuries to joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons; neck, shoulder, back, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain; help with chronic pain after surgical procedures such as knee replacements and Failed Back Surgery syndrome; Fibromyalgia; post-herpetic neuralgia; headaches; migraines; whiplash; tendinitis; arthritis; bursitis; sciatica.
There are no real side effects from Neural Prolotherapy. The most severe problem may be short term tenderness, itching or bruising in the injection site, but most patients can return to their normal routine straight after the treatment.
Neural Prolotherapy is a relatively new procedure which is changing the way that the world deals with pain relief. It is important that you get a qualified surgeon to carry out the procedure – such as Dr Kaplan – to ensure that no further damage is done.
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