If you are having a hard time managing neuropathic pain, doctors may consider what’s called the neural prolotherapy or NPT. This is a new form of therapy that has worked wonders in treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Today, there are many clinics that offer Neuroprolotherapy Nerve Pain Treatment, and in this post, we are going to discuss what the treatment is all about.
How does this work?
For neural prolotherapy, an injection is used, which contains 5% dextrose in sterile water with medical grade sugar, which is injected right below the skin for healing nerves and tissues that are injured. If you don’t want to understand the complicated aspects of it, you should simply know that in case of an injury, nerve function of that area may be affected, and with neural prolotherapy, it is possible to prevent the side effects and induce healing. Dextrose works on the nerve receptors, so as to reduce swelling and pain, while the fluid in the injections help in hydrating the connective tissues.
Is neural prolotherapy painful?
Unlike many other treatments that involve injections, neural prolotherapy doesn’t cause much pain and can be easily managed, even when local anesthesia is not used. The needles used for neural prolotherapy are extremely minute and small, because the fluid must be delivered just underneath the skin surface, and depending on the condition of the patient, many injections may be required. There could be some discomfort because eventually neural prolotherapy does rely on injections, but most patients don’t complain of any extreme pain.
Other things to know
Right after the first injection, you may feel a reduction in pain, and in majority of cases, the pain is minimized by 20% or less in each further injection/treatment session. As far as the number of sessions is concerned, most patients need at least five, but the extent of the injury and degree of pain are other aspects that will be considered. The treatment sessions have a gap of at least one to two weeks. There can be mild swelling and pain at the site of the injection, which should subside in a few hours. Note that the cost of neural prolotherapy is not covered under insurance, and only selected and few reliable clinics offer the treatment.
In general, neural prolotherapy can be used for the treatment nerve pain related to different parts of the body, but talk to your doctor to know more.