One theory that believes surgically separating, or dividing the sensory fibres in trigger points with a small scalpel has the effect of “turning off” the pain and allowing the patient to resume a normal life where procedure is successful. Another theory is that by the incision releases contractions within the muscle.
IS NEUROMYOTOMY TREATMENT SAFE?
Yes, as long as it is carried out by a medical practitioner who is properly trained in the technique and performed in soft tissue on anatomically safe areas of the body, ie. away from arteries and major nerves. Some patients notice slight bruising and soreness in the area where the incision have been performed. This lasts for approximately 3-4 days. Nine patients out of 3500 felt pain increased.
HOW DO I KNOW IT WORKS?
Every patient treated is sent a follow up questionnaire 12 months after the treatment. If they reply that their pain is moderately improved, markedly improved or totally resolved, then this is assessed as good result. If the reply is that their pain is mildly improved, not changed or worse, then this is assessed as an unsatisfactory result.
On this basis 70% of the first 3500 patients surveyed achieved a good result. Whilst these figures are not considered as scientific proof, they indicate that most people are happy with the results.
HISTORY OF PERCUTANEOUS NEUROMYOTOMY (Nesfield’s Treatment)
Introduced in 1918 by Harly Street specialist, Mr. Vincent Nesfield, during World War One to treat bad backs among troops in the trenches. Nesfield’s Treatment was bought to Australia in 1969 by Dr, W Skyme Rees who named the procedure Rhyzolysis. He, and other doctors, later agreed to call it Nesfield’s Treatment. Some 26 medical practitioners now regularly perform the procedure throughout Australia. It is estimated that 35- 40,000 Australians have been treated with the procedure since it was introduced to this country.
WHAT PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY:
“An 80% reduction in pain and 100% reduction in analgesic intake”.
“No neck pain, no tablets, no collar”.
“My life has improved, I have no pain”.
“The pain that tortured me, has gone”.