Nerve Cryotherapy is a protocol using localized freezing temperatures to temporarily disable an irritated nerve. Generally, this lasts for approximately 3 months at which point the nerve heals itself.
How does it work?
To freeze the nerve, ultrasound is utilized to guide a very thin needle to the nerve. The needle then injects a freezing agent at a very specific temperature in the area of the nerve. This specific temperature causes the nerve’s inner core to stop working temporarily. However, the The nerve’s protective outer coating remains intact. The protective coating repairs the nerve’s inner core over several weeks to months depending on the length of the nerve.
What conditions can be treated with nerve cryotherapy?
The most common use for this therapy is to treat the nerves around the knee. This can be done for arthritis and for improved pain control around the time of surgery. Other uses include treatment of rib pain as can occur with trauma or thoracic surgery as well as pain from breast surgery.