Neural Prolotherapy is a new and promising treatment for neurogenic pain, sprains, strains and overuse injuries.
How Neural Protherapy works:
A dextrose (glucose) solution is injected just under the skin at sites of inflammation. It is believed that dextrose down-regulates or blocks receptors responsible for pain and inflammation. This leads to healing beneath the nerve to deeper structures like tendons, joints.
Neural Prolotherapy rapidly breaks the pain cycle--pain relief can be immediate!
I didn't belive this until I treated my first patient with NPT. D.A. had a herniated disc in his neck, and had been in pain for months. He was under the care of a pain management doctor and was taking vicodin, motrin, and neurontin without any relief. Within 5 minutes, his pain was gone. Relief lasted for about 12 hours. More treatments were required and he ultimately needed both prolotherapy for ligamentous stabilization and osteopathic manipulation for structural alignment.
Let me give you another example. C.C. had pulled his calf muscle while working out. The injury was only a week old when he came to see me. After one treatment all pain was gone. This was only a minor injury and pain had not been going on very long. In this case only one treatment was required.
How long does each treatment last?
Initial relief lasts between 4 hours and 4 days. Repetitive treatments for long term permanent relief and tissue healing are usually required. In addition to treating the nerves that promote healing, it's important to look at the underlying cause. This is done with osteopathic manipulation or traditional prolotherapy.
How often will I need treatments?
Typically injections are done once weekly. Generally up to 10 or fewer treatments may be needed for lasting correction.
Sometimes NPT is the only treatment needed. Other times a more comprehensive approach is needed--prolotherapy for ligamentous stabilization and/or osteopathic manipulation for structural alignment.
What can Neural Prolotherapy help?