Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment Options

Treatment Options for Peripheral Neuropathy

Have you noticed that you have trouble performing your normal daily activities? Do you have pain, loss of feeling, changes in muscle control?

These could be symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Talk to your doctor about all the changes you have noticed. It is important to find treatment options for peripheral neuropathy that are right for you.

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Neuropathy describes the abnormal function of one or more peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerves refer to nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord.

Causes of peripheral neuropathy include physical damage, disease, infections, metabolic processes, or toxins like chemotherapy. Diabetes is one of the most common causes of neuropathy.

Symptoms of neuropathy include weakness, numbness, and pain. The pain is usually described as tingling, burning, or stabbing in nature.  This occurs most often in the hands and feet but may happen anywhere in the body.

How Neuropathy Impacts Your Body Function

Your nervous system carries signals to and from your brain.  This allows you to move and feel sensations. 

There are 4 categories of neuropathy.

  1. Autonomic nerve neuropathy affects the body’s system responsible for regulating automatic functions. This includes breathing and the beating of your heart. 
  2. Motor neuropathy affects the nerves that tell muscles to move parts of the body.
  3. Sensory neuropathy affects the nerves that send impulses to your brain from your body.
  4. Combination neuropathies describe a mixture of 2 or 3 of the other types of neuropathies.

Why is it Important to Treat Neuropathy?

Severe cases of neuropathy can result in death.

If you are unable to control your muscle movement, you may be unable to walk or care for yourself.  You may also have trouble using your hands, talking, or swallowing.

Impaired sense of touch may interfere with your ability to feel the floor causing you to fall. You may touch a hot pan causing severe burns. Blisters often occur on the feet in people with neuropathy and can lead to infection and even amputation.

Losing the ability to regulate automatic functions can cause organ failure. If your heartbeat is irregular, your heart does not fully fill with blood before it sends it to the body. When the stimulation to breathe regularly is lost, oxygen levels fall and all body tissues begin to die.

Available Treatment Options for Peripheral Neuropathy

The first step in treating neuropathy is defining the underlying disease process.  Treatments must focus on individual patient needs and conditions.

Treatment options include:

  • Medication to relieve pain
  • Physical therapy to increase strength and balance and increase movement in all affected body parts.
  • Occupational therapy teaches you ways to be more independent. You learn new methods for performing daily activities when you have lost function.
  • Dieticians develop nutrition plans that focus on balancing vitamins and nutrients needed to keep you healthy.
  • Special aids, such as braces and special shoes can help increase your balance and mobility.
  • Surgery may help relieve compression-related neuropathy such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Health daily habits are very important. Smoking tobacco leads to decreased oxygen in the body and causes increased problems with neuropathy.  Increased body weight and alcohol intake can put extra strain on your body.

It is Time to Get Started on Treating Your Peripheral Neuropathy

The professionals at Carolinas Regenerative Medicine will work with you to develop treatment options for peripheral neuropathy tailored to your specific needs. We’d be happy to answer your questions and help develop a plan of care for you.

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Can Mesenchymal Stem Cells Help Fight Chronic Disease?

The term “Chronic Disease” can encompass a wide range of conditions, but they always involve an ongoing immune response which never turns off. Long term effects will include inflammation and early cell death, both of which can trigger these chronic conditions.

Stem cells are the body’s natural defense against chronic disease, because they can attack the areas of inflammation. But as we get older we produce significantly less stem cells. This is the main reason for aging and longer healing times when we get hurt. So how can we produce more mesenchymal stem cells to help us heal faster?

Normally, the adult stem cells which reside in your body will zero in on the areas of pain and inflammation, repairing any damage by transforming themselves into the specific cells that need repair. Once they have transformed, they stimulate the body to produce more of those same cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are the true heroes of your immune system. Without them you would not be able to heal and regenerate properly.

But here is the problem. When we are born, about 1 in every 10,000 cells is a stem cell. It explains how we can heal and recover so fast from injury when we are kids. But as we get older we start to produce fewer stem cells. By the time we hit 50, only one in a million cells are stem cells. Doing the math, it now can take 100 times longer to recover from injury. And there are not enough stem cells to fight all the areas of pain and inflammation in your body.

Thanks to breakthroughs in medical science, we can now use mesenchymal stem cells from another source and inject them into the areas of pain and inflammation in your body. The absolute best source of these mesenchymal stem cells is currently the fatty tissue cells found inside the umbilical cord of a newborn child. Since this umbilical cord is not needed once a baby is born, we can harvest these mesenchymal stem cells and freeze them for later use. And they are compatible with just about any person or blood type, meaning that they may help other people of any age or condition. It seems clear that the future of mesenchymal stem cell injections to help people with pain and inflammation is very bright indeed.

If you are interested in a consult to see if mesenchymal stem cell injections could work for you, give us a call at (704) 495-2470 or schedule an appointment here. We also offer free stem cell seminars where you can ask specific questions. Click here to view dates.

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Stem cells for knee pain

Ways to Relieve Knee Pain

Approximately 25% of people suffer from knee pain. This pain interferes with daily activities and decreases their quality of life.

Do you experience knee pain that limits your ability to take part in day-to-day life?

Do not assume that surgery is the only option. Many new treatment modalities are providing patients with relief from knee pain. Exploring the available options will help you find a treatment plan to relieve knee Pain.

Why Does Knee Pain Happen So Often?

The road to a healthy life includes exercise and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle. You start a fitness routine, and your knee starts hurting.

The structure of the knee makes it vulnerable to injury. Half of all Baby Boomers who suffer tears of ligaments or tendons will develop osteoarthritis in as little as five years.

The knee joint is not just the place where the bones from the top and bottom of your leg meet. It has ligaments, tendons, and cartilage that allow knee movement. The knee is not well protected.

It is easy for the knee to get pushed sideways, backward or twisted. This could result in ligament or tendon tears, or other injuries.

Repeated impact on the knee can wear down the cartilage. This can result in loss of padding between the bones. When bones rub together, inflammation can occur, causing pain and even arthritis.

Home Treatments to Help Relieve Knee Pain

There are several home treatments to try when knee pain begins. Start with R.I.C.E.

R-Rest. Rest and protect your knee. Take a break and alter or stop the activity that caused the soreness.

I-Ice. Put ice on the knee as soon as possible after pain starts to decrease swelling and discomfort. 

C-Compression. Wrap the knee with an elastic bandage, such as an ACE® wrap, to decrease swelling and decrease pain. If you start to feel numbness, tingling or increased pain, loosen the wrap because it may be too tight.

E-Elevation. Rest your knee on pillows so that it is above the level of your heart. This will help decrease swelling.

What Kind of Non-Surgical Interventions Are Available for Knee Pain?

If home treatments are not successful, it is time to see a healthcare professional.

Regenerative medicine provides non-surgical treatment for knee pain. This plan of care uses four different approaches to care.

Large joint injections deliver steroids and/or local pain-relievers directly into the knee joint. The goal is to reduce inflammation that causes pain.

Functional medicine focuses on the underlying problem that is causing the pain. By looking at imbalances or interactions between diet, lifestyle, genetics or environmental factors, you can often find the root cause. The plan of care is directed at correcting imbalances to relieve pain.

Trigger point injections deliver pain medicine and/or steroids into areas that are causing spasm or swelling of muscles. Dry needling does not use medicine, but only involves placing thin needles in these trigger points. The goal is to deactivate the trigger point and stop the pain.

Platelet rich plasma therapy uses the body’s capacity to amplify natural growth factors normally used to heal tissuePlasma is the liquid part of your blood.

Plasma moves blood cells and platelets through the body. Platelets are instrumental to your body’s healing process.

Is Regenerative Medicine Right for You?

Contact Carolinas Regenerative Medicine for a free one-on-one consultation with a trained medical provider. Our staff will help you understand possible causes for your knee pain. We will also answer questions and discuss a potential plan of care to relieve knee pain.

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Peripheral Neuropathy Help with Regenerative Medicine

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably heard about peripheral neuropathy before. Have you ever known a diabetic who complained of tingling feet or heard about someone who can’t feel pain? These all fall under the umbrella of peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy is a complex group of conditions that deal with damage to the nerves. It can cause pain, numbness, and other discomforts. Read on to learn more about this condition and why you should take it seriously.

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage to the peripheral nervous system, the system that connects your brain to the rest of your body. You can have loss of signal, distorted messages, or inappropriate signaling. More than 20 million Americans deal with some form of neuropathy

There are three primary types of peripheral neuropathy: motor nerve, sensory nerve, and autonomic nerve. Motor nerves control muscles under conscious control (such as those used for walking), while sensory nerves transmit touch sensations and pain. Autonomic nerves control automatic functions of the body, such as breathing, heart and gland functions, and digesting.

What Does It Mean for You?

Neuropathy can present differently for each patient, depending on the type and extent of the nerve damage. If you have motor nerve damage, you may experience weakness, cramps, or twitching.

Sensory nerve damage can be more serious and can affect how or if you feel pain. Some people may experience pain even when something as light as a bed sheet lays over their bodies. Others may not be able to experience pain at all, which can lead to unnoticed injuries. 

Automatic nerve damage can cause heat intolerance, stomach upset, and trouble swallowing. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a form of peripheral neuropathy in which the immune system attacks the body’s nerves. More common problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, also fall under the umbrella of peripheral neuropathy.

Why Should You Take It Seriously?

Neuropathy can come with very serious symptoms that can affect every part of your life. The good news is that more than 95 percent of cases are preventable.

Research has linked many types of peripheral neuropathy with diabetes, which is preventable in many cases. Some simple healthcare precautions can keep you from having to deal with pain, weakness, and even surgery.

Explore Treatment Options

Peripheral neuropathy can range from inconvenient to very serious. You can avoid most cases by living a healthy lifestyle and staying away from unneeded medical procedures. If you do start to experience any of the symptoms described, please see your doctor as soon as possible.

If you’d like to seek treatment for neuropathy, get in touch with us at Carolinas Regenerative Medicine. We use innovative techniques to promote healing from the inside, restoring your body to its former health. Contact us today to get started stopping pain in its tracks.