What is Chemical Neurolysis?

Neurolysis is a chemical ablation technique that is used to alleviate pain, and is only used when the disease has progressed to a point where no other pain treatments are effective.

A neurolytic agent such as alcohol, phenol, or glycerol is typically injected into the nervous system, and then chemical neurolysis causes deconstructive fibrosis. That disrupts the sympathetic ganglia, which results in a reduction of pain signals being transmitted throughout the nerves. The effects generally last for three to six months.

What are Peripheral Nerves?

The peripheral nervous system (PNS) and the central nervous system are the two components that make up the nervous system of bilateral animals. The PNS consists of the nerves and ganglia outside the brain and spinal cord.

Chemical Neurolysis of Peripheral Nerves

Chemical neurolysis (chemodenervation) has been proposed as a treatment of the peripheral nerves to treat pain for individuals that have not been effectively managed by pharmacologic or other alternative therapies.

Pain conditions treated include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neuralgias/neuritis (intercostal neuralgia, inguinal neuralgia)
  • Peripheral neuromas
  • Chronic heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis

If you are experiencing chronic pain and would like to learn more about Chemical Neurolysis of Peripheral Nerves, call the CSPP pain management specialists today at (818) 325-2088 for a consultation.