Nerves that function properly warn you of a potential injury. When the nerve does not function properly, you might be in for a lot of pain. Neuropathy is a condition in which the peripheral nerves become dysfunctional, resulting in pain, tingling, numbness, muscle twitching, and weakness, especially in the hands and feet. The symptoms can vary depending upon the specific nerves that are impacted. Unfortunately, this condition is common, impacting millions of people each year. Relieving neuropathy pain is one of our specialties at West LA Regenerative Medicine in Los Angeles.
What Causes Neuropathy?
There are several potential causes of neuropathy, including diabetes, infections, injuries, and exposure to certain toxins. Chronic inflammation is one cause of peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy may result from pinched nerves that have gone untreated or have not responded well to treatment. Neuropathy can originate at more than one nerve site, affecting the same areas on opposite sides of the body (symmetrical polyneuropathy).
Neuropathy is typically a chronic condition that starts slowly and can last a lifetime because damaged nerves cannot be repaired. This is why you want to find a treatment plan that works as soon as possible. However, some patients suffer from acute neuropathy that develops rather quickly. Medical providers rely on imaging scans to determine the cause of neuropathy and the best approach to creating a treatment plan.
Neuropathy Treatment Options
A variety of treatments exist for peripheral neuropathy. The most comprehensive treatment plan is often multimodal, which means it incorporates more than one treatment method. For some neuropathy cases, pain medications are sufficient. Topical pain-relief creams may also help. Other patients have found relief after being prescribed antidepressants such as amitriptyline or certain anti-seizure or antibiotic medicines. However, many of these treatments focus on the symptoms and not the cause of neuropathy. Patients can experience additional relief and prevent further nerve damage when they receive treatment for the underlying condition.
Chiropractic care is a good option for some patients. Spinal and skeletal adjustments can provide relief for pinched nerves. Another excellent option is regenerative medicine, which provides pain relief by encouraging the healing process within the body. Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is one such treatment that has produced promising results, especially for patients with diabetic neuropathy. An injection of Platelet Rich Plasma into the painful site can provide relief to those who suffer from neuropathy.
Discover Your Path to Pain Relief in Los Angeles, CA
Are you suffering from neuropathy or other pain? Our team at West LA Regenerative Medicine is here to help. Call us today at (310) 427-7370 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fadul.