What is neuro-prolotherapy(NPT) ?
This is an injection procedure which was developed by John Lyfgodt 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. Dr. Lyfgodt initially treated Achilles tendons with this condition and had an incredible success rate. Over time, these treatments were extended to other body parts which include the neck, back, knees, shoulders, etc.
How does it work?
The solution seems to work on the TRPV-1 receptor which is involved in pain. When this receptor is activated, it results in release of substances that cause inflammation. By treating the nerve dysfunction with NPT, this cascade is turned off. Surrounding connective tissue connective tissue can than heal.
What would one 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. Clinically 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 also be used to help minimize discomfort with each injection.
Is Neuro-prolotherapy safe?
These injections are very safe. Complications are minimal. Possible adverse effects may include bleeding, bruising, swelling, and temporary pain.
Will insurance cover Neuro-Prolotherapy?
No. This therapy is not covered by insurance.
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