Peripheral neuropathy often proves painful, even debilitating for some individuals. Conservative treatments often offer little, if any relief.
Treatment for peripheral neuropathies with platelet rich plasma (PRP) offers new hope and significant opportunity to potentially experience fewer and less severe symptoms.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) explains that an individual may experience symptoms for days, weeks or years and that peripheral neuropathies have the capability to “Present in a variety of forms and follow different patterns.”
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that occurs due to damage to the peripheral nervous system. The word “Neuropathy” actually means nerve damage or nerve disease. It affects approximately 20 million individuals in the U.S.
Symptoms are similar among the various forms of neuropathies and potentially include burning pain, numbness, tingling, sensitivity to touch, muscle weakness or muscle wasting, dysfunction of various organs or glands and other symptoms. The condition also results in sensory, autonomic or motor nerve damage. A person with peripheral neuropathy potentially suffers from one, two or all three types of nerve damage.
How is Peripheral Neuropathy typically treated?
Peripheral neuropathy treatment typically involves treating the underlying disorder. Healthline states that conservative treatments include self-care, over the counter pain relievers and modifying behaviors such as smoking or overeating.
Other traditional treatments include ergonomic casts or splints, transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation or TENS, which the site says “Does not work for everyone.” If you have peripheral neuropathies, there are newer treatments available.
How can we help?
Platelet rich plasma offers alternatives to conservative treatments. So what exactly is PRP and how can we help?
PRP, says researchers published in Frontiers in Surgery, involves, “An autologous-concentrated preparation of platelets and their associated growth factors in a small volume of plasma.” When you receive PRP therapy for peripheral neuropathy, you receive injections which several sources verify do have an effect on improving nerve regeneration.
More than one study concluded that when study subjects, using animal models, were divided into groups of those receiving PRP for peripheral nerve damage and those not receiving PRP, the subjects in the PRP group experienced far greater likelihood of positive effects from treatment administered.
What are the benefits of PRP for peripheral neuropathy?
When Frontiers in Surgery researchers reviewed multiple studies to determine benefits of PRP, they discovered results of numerous studies showed considerable promise in using PRP for treating peripheral neuropathies.
They cite a study demonstrating potential enhancement of peripheral nerve regeneration and discuss the case of a man showing much improvement after receiving PRP treatment for a nerve palsy condition, after several previous efforts at traditional treatments failed.
Learn how Advanced Regenerative Health can possibly help you reach your best potential with PRP therapy, supporting long-term healing instead of short term, temporary relief of peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
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