Peri-neural Therapy is one of the newest exciting advances in Regenerative Medicine used to treat neuropathic (nerve) pain in a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and various pain conditions.
Developed by New Zealand physician Dr. John Lyftogt, who began seeing outstanding results in many endurance athletes with musculoskeletal injuries has now focused on training medical doctors around the world with his technique.
Peri-neural Therapy uses an injection of either dextrose or mannitol just below the skin to promote healing of injured nerves, post surgical scars and restoration of tissue function.
How Is Peri-neural Therapy Different To Traditional Prolotherapy?
Peri-neural Therapy and Traditional Prolotherapy both promote healing and result in pain relief and functional restoration, but each method uses different concentrations of dextrose, as well as a different technique for injections.
It also uses lower concentrations of dextrose and injections are superficial, just under the skin’s surface to address subcutaneous nerves to induce healing. While traditional Prolotherapy requires higher concentrations of dextrose, and requires deeper injections to repair connective tissues.
Patients with nerve pain (neurogenic pain) can experience pain relief within seconds. Dextrose works by immediately blocking the receptor in the nerve (TRPV-1 or Capsacin receptor) which is the principal regulator of pain and inflammation. This leads to healing beneath the nerve to deeper structures like the tendon and joint.
Other substances, such as anesthetics also can block this receptor. Magnesium salts can also do this, which is why Epsom salt bath soaks help to relieve pain. However, unlike dextrose and mannitol, these other substances do not reset the receptors, they only temporarily block them.
What Are The Potential Benefits?
Because the treatment is diagnostic, improvement of symptoms will be felt right away. For some people this relief will generally last for several days. However, if the injury has been endured for a long period, then the length of relief may be shorter. Subsequent treatments will result in progressively longer improvements until complete relief is achieved in most patients.
Frequency Of Treatments
It is recommended to have 3 to 6 treatments every 2-3 weeks for best results.