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How Regenerative Medicine Can Help With Neuropathy

Have you ever thought you needed to buy a new item for your personal use or business, only to find that you already had all of the necessary components to solve the problem right on hand? That concept lies behind regenerative medicine, which uses the human body’s own healing powers to regrow or repair damaged tissue, including nerves.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 20 million people in the United States suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy, which affects the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. When your nerves are damaged, you might have trouble using your hands, walking, or feeling sensations including heat or cold. 

As a specialist in regenerative medicine, Lloyd Decker, DC offers sterile, donated human cell and tissue products (HCTP/s) as well as self-donated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy at Reno Regenerative Medicine in Reno, Nevada. If you have neuropathy, the healing powers of the human body may help you feel and function like yourself again.

What causes neuropathy?

Any condition or trauma that damages your nerves can cause neuropathy, which literally means “nerve disease.” One of the most common reasons for neuropathy is the metabolic disorder diabetes, which damages your nerve fibers and your blood vessels. However, you could also develop neuropathy from:

Certain medications damage your nerves. Even being deficient in key vitamins, such as the B vitamins and Vitamin E, compromises your nerve health. 

The problem with neuropathy

When your nerves are damaged, you might not be able to move normally and could be troubled by uncomfortable sensations, including numbness and pain. Numbness can endanger your health, because you could stub your toe or cut your foot and not notice it. The injury could become infected, leading to gangrene or even limb amputation.

If neuropathy affects your feet, you might not be able to walk or maintain your balance. You’re more at risk for falls that could lead to fractures and other complications.

How regenerative medicine helps

Both HCTP and PRP are rich with ingredients that your body already uses to heal damage and to build new skin, muscles, and other tissues. When Dr. Decker injects HCTP/s or PRP directly into your damaged nerves, these ingredients stimulate and supercharge your body’s own healing processes.

Providing your body with extra, concentrated healing components makes it repair and rebuild itself more efficiently. Regenerative medicine is, in a way, equivalent to adding electrical power to a tool, such as a drill or hammer; it makes the whole process easier and faster.

The injections of HCTP/s or PRP also build new blood vessels near the injured nerve. These blood vessels supply your nerves with the oxygen and nutrients they need to function optimally.

Choose your “medicine”

Depending on the type of neuropathy you have, as well as your preferences, you and Dr. Decker choose from two types of regenerative medicine:

HCTP/s

At Reno Regenerative Medicine, we offer donated HCTP/s that contain mesenchymal stem cells, growth factors, cytokines, hyaluronic acid, and exosomes. The HCTP/s are taken from pre-screened, donated umbilical cord tissue from healthy, full-term infants. The HCTP’s are washed, tested, and frozen for safety.

PRP

In a simple procedure, your Reno Regenerative Medicine team withdraws a small amount of blood from your arm and isolates the platelets that help clot your blood and rebuild tissue. The platelets are filled with growth factors and proteins that repair and renew your nerves.

You may feel better immediately after HCTP/s  because it has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain and swelling. As your body repairs your nerves after a series of regenerative medicine treatments, you should notice improvement in or resolution of your symptoms within a few weeks to months.

To fully control your pain while your body is rebuilding your nerves with HCTP or PRP, Dr. Decker may recommend other therapies, too.   

To find out if regenerative medicine can resolve or reduce your neuropathy, call us at 775-234-2411 or request an appointment using the easy online form.

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