The condition called peripheral neuropathy occurs when the nerve impulses that travel from the brain along the spinal cord are being interrupted before reaching the extremities. It is typically characterized by numbness and tingling, especially within the limbs and extremities of the body. Neuropathy also causes unexplained pain or burning, a loss of balance which may contribute to falling, extreme weakness or fatigue, tremors, and headaches.
The symptoms of neuropathy may be severe or worsen over time. In these situations, it may lead to more severe conditions such as paralysis, heart problems, or loss of bodily function in glands and organs. Therefore, it is crucial to seek medical care if you suspect you may be suffering from neuropathy.
While the neuropathic pain and discomfort is typically treated with narcotics, this solution involves clear and present dangers that need to be considered. Fortunately, science has provided us with effective alternatives that harness the healing and restorative powers found within your own cells.
Causes of Neuropathy
While the most notable and common cause is diabetes, neuropathy can also stem from several other conditions, including:
- Other chronic illnesses or autoimmune diseases (such as HIV, AIDS, Lyme disease, or Guillain-Barre Syndrome)
- Sudden trauma or injury to the body
- Exposure to heavy toxins or metals
- Chronic alcoholism
- Nutritional imbalances (vitamin B deficiency in particular)
PRP Therapy as Treatment for Neuropathy
As previously mentioned, individuals suffering from this condition receive a prescription of either antidepressant, pain medications, or anti-seizure medications.
However, these narcotics are limited in their efficacy and require being taken over long periods of time to provide the patient with sustained relief. Therefore, treating neuropathic pain at its source, rather than merely masking its symptoms, is the key to finding long-lasting relief.
Specifically, through platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments, patients suffering from the varied effects of neuropathy can finally get real relief from the causes, not just the symptoms of the condition.
After a brief consultation, our team may decide that platelet-rich plasma therapy is right for you and recommend a course of treatment.
The PRP treatment itself involves taking a blood sample from the patient and creating a concentrated solution of platelets and plasma through the use of a device called a centrifuge. The platelets contain multiple mechanisms of cellular communication, proteins, amino acids, and growth factors that foster regeneration and renewal in damaged cells.
When injected in a highly concentrated form into areas suffering tissue damage (such as nerve damage that causes neuropathy), the PRP goes to work. More specifically, the platelets, which are highly touted for their clotting and ability, stimulate surrounding cells to begin processes of repair and regrowth. This, in turn, restores the tissue to a healthier state and alleviates neuropathic discomfort.
Although peripheral neuropathy may severely impact an individual’s overall quality of life, it can be treated, and the professionals at the Washington Care Clinic can help. Contact our office today at (636) 239-525 to learn more.