To understand neuropathy, it helps to understand how the nervous system works. The nervous system consists of two parts: the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system, which connects the nerves running from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body (from eyes, mouth, arms and hands to internal organs, to legs and feet.) Neuropathy – also called peripheral neuropathy – occurs when nerves are damaged and can’t send messages from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body. Simply put, the two areas stop communicating.

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathyis either damage to or disease which affects nerves in the body. It affects about 6-7% of the population, and may be a chronic, long-term condition where symptoms begin and progress slowly or begin suddenly and have a rapid progression.

Neuropathy Causes

There are several factors and conditions that can contribute to neuropathy including diabetes, heredity disorders, inflammatory infections, auto-immune diseases, and chronic alcoholism and certain medications.

Neuropathy Symptoms

People who have neuropathy can experience a wide range of symptoms including:

  • Numbness or a burning sensation (tingling) in the feet or hands
  • Painful cramps
  • Fine muscle twitching
  • Muscle loss
  • Changes in skin, hair and nails
  • Bone degeneration

The Treatment

Treatment for neuropathy has traditionally included physical therapy and primarily treating the root cause of the disease, for example treating diabetes with blood sugar management.

If traditional neuropathy treatments have not proven successful, then you may want to consider regenerative medicine, such as stem cell therapy. Stem cells bring an entirely new approach to chronic pain treatment, and in treating damaged nerves affected by neuropathy. Stem cells are unique in that they have the incredible ability to replicate and create new, healthy cells, while repairing damaged tissue. The best stem cells to use for neuropathy are embryonic, bone marrow or fat-derived.

At the Stem Cell Center of New Jersey, we offer stem cell and blood platelet (PRP) procedures and regenerative injection treatments for patients who are suffering from chronic pain or reduced mobility due to neuropathy. Contact us today for a personalized treatment plan.

At Stem Cell Center of New Jersey, we offer regenerative therapies including stem cell, exosomes, and other sources of growth factors to regenerate healthy tissue. Contact us today to schedule a one on one consultation, or to join us at one of our informative lectures to learn more about the potential of stem cell therapy.

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