If you struggle with acute or chronic pain, sometimes it may feel like there are no good solutions. Dealing with your pain may seem like a double-edged sword. You’ll do anything to get rid of the pain, but want to avoid surgery and prefer not to take opioids or other pain medications.
At BodaHealth in Vancouver, we understand your dilemma. You want pain relief, but you want something safe, effective, and with minimal side effects. For that reason, we provide our patients with a wide variety of treatments, and are always looking to add innovative and effective ways to relieve your pain and help you heal.
One of those leading-edge treatments is called Perineural Injection Treatment, or PIT. PIT involves a number of small injections of a natural substance just beneath the surface of your skin. PIT focuses on calming pain conditions that are related to your nerves, such as entrapments, inflammation, injury, sprains, and muscle strains. It can be a good choice of treatment for pain that’s been resistant to other therapies and pain that’s been difficult to diagnose.
The protocol for PIT entails one treatment every three to seven days for up to six treatments. However, if PIT is going to be effective, you will know after your first treatment. If your pain doesn’t resolve after your first PIT session, the location of the injections may need to be adjusted, or it may not be the right treatment for you. Patients typically need anywhere from one to six treatments, however just one treatment may be effective for some patients. Depending on the situation, some patients who have been effectively treated with PIT may need more maintenance sessions a few times per year.
The substance used in PIT is something called D5W, which is a solution of sterilized water with 5% dextrose (a kind of sugar). D5W is commonly used in hospitals and other medical settings as an IV replacement fluid. It’s used to replace body fluids and provide carbohydrates for patients with dehydration, low blood sugar and insulin shock. It’s believed that D5W works because it targets certain pain receptors, called nociceptors, just under your skin, to calm injured or inflamed nerves. The nociceptors targeted by D5W typically don’t respond to anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections.
The Pros and Cons of PIT
There are a number of reasons that PIT may be a good choice for pain relief, including:
- Existing research on this therapy shows that it works. A number of studies have documented that PIT has reduced pain in patients suffering from low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, painful trigger points associated with fibromyalgia, CRPS, and trigeminal neuralgia.
- While this treatment involves injections, it is actually minimally invasive and fairly painless. The needle used is very thin and short, because the D5W is injected just below the surface of your skin.
- You will know fairly quickly if PIT is effective. Positive results can be expected after just one treatment.
- PIT can be combined with other treatments, such as acupuncture or shockwave therapy.
- In many cases, once your pain is gone you won’t need additional treatments unless you sustain further injury to the treated area.
- PIT is safe. D5W is a natural substance and is absorbed by your body.
While PIT therapy has many benefits, it has relatively few drawbacks. One common side-effect with any kind of injection is the chance of bruising, which is also the case for PIT. In addition, you may notice some swelling in the areas that have been treated, however it’s due to the fluid that has been injected. The swelling will go away within a couple of hours as the solution is absorbed by your body.
The bottom line is with much to recommend it and very few side-effects, Perineural injection treatment, or PIT, can be an effective solution for a number of difficult to treat pain conditions. At BodaHealth, offering new and innovative treatments, such as PIT, is a part of our commitment to providing the best natural treatment solutions for the patients in our care.