Neuropathy is a disorder that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system (the part of the nervous system outside of the brain and spinal cord) are damaged.
This condition is commonly referred to as peripheral neuropathy. There are several things that can contribute to the numbness and tingling that are associated with this disorder, including infections, metabolic disorders, traumatic injuries, and exposure to certain toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy may affect one nerve (mononeuropathy), two or more nerves in different areas (multipleneuropathy) or many nerves at once (polyneuropathy).
What are the symptoms of Neuropathy?
Neuropathy can affect nerves that control muscle movement (motor nerves) and nerves that detect coldness, pain or other sensations (sensory nerves). If you are suffering from autonomic neuropathy, it can affect the heart, blood vessels, bowels, bladder, intestines, as well as other internal organs.
- Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
- “Pins and needles” feeling
- Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
- Extreme sensitivity to even light touch
- Lack of coordination and balance
- Bowel or bladder problems if autonomic nerves are affected
- Loss of grip strength
- Skin conditions
- Vascular conditions
- Nutritional deficiencies
What are the causes of Neuropathy?
- Alcoholism: often because of poor dietary habits and vitamin deficiencies
- Diabetes: at least half of all people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy
- Infections: including Lyme disease, Shingles, Epstein-Barr, Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS
- Trauma or pressure on the nerves
- Tumors can form directly on the nerves and also exert pressure on surrounding nerves
- Autoimmune diseases: including Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Guillian-Barre Syndrome
- Exposure to toxins, including heavy metals and certain medications
- Vitamin deficiencies: particularly B Vitamins, Vitamin E and niacin, which are extremely important to nerve health
- Other causes of peripheral neuropathy include kidney disease, liver disease, and underactive thyroid
- Genetic or inherited disorders
The Total Peripheral Neuropathy Program
If you are tired of living with the symptoms of neuropathy, let Renu Physical Medicine diagnose the cause and suggest customized options. We will review your history, as well as perform a visual inspection extremities to assess reflexes, gait and balance. We will then incorporate our four components of therapy into your specific course of treatment.
This remedy sends out a “test” signal that represents the most common waveform for healthy peripheral nerves. This signal goes from one foot, up the leg to the nerve roots in your back, down the other leg to the other foot which stimulates nerve repair.
Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell injections work with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Unlike treatments that simply address the symptoms, stem cell therapy actually promotes repair of the body, restoring degenerated tissue. Stem cell injections also contain hyaluronan, which eases pain and restores mobility by lubricating joints and tendons.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Increase the body’s regenerative and restorative healing powers with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. It is the first-ever form of regenerative treatment for joint, tendon, muscle, and ligament injury, cartilage degeneration, and a wide variety of chronic and neurologic conditions. These injections utilize your body’s own concentrated platelets increasing your body’s healing process. Patients heal 2-5 times more quickly with the use of PRP Therapy.
Cold Laser Treatment
This revolutionary, FDA cleared Laser Therapy dramatically increases oxygen and blood flow to damaged nerves.
Traditional physical therapy includes balance and strengthening exercises to restore lost function due to neuropathy. This treatment removes mechanical pressure and interference to nerves that exit from the spine and travel to the hands and feet for rejuvenation of nerve function.
IV supplementation to correct vitamin deficiencies and inefficiencies which provide essential nutrients that allow the nerves to heal.