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What Is Neuropathy, and How Is It Treated?

Receiving a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy can be overwhelming and confusing, especially since many people have never even heard of the condition prior to their diagnosis. What typically follows isn't usually much better, because understanding neuropathy and how it affects your body is often as complex as your nervous system itself. Understanding traditional treatment options can make it even harder, taking the situation from bad to worse. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and either aren't getting satisfactory results from traditional treatment or want to skip the long list of complex medications recommended by your medical doctor, here's how Restore Wellness can help.

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

If you ask most people what peripheral neuropathy is, you'll most likely be met with an "I don't know," or a blank stare. After all, the condition isn't exactly a household name - and because it can affect each person differently, it can have different meanings to different people.

Basically, peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage that occurs in the limbs - the arms, legs, feet and hands. This nerve damage can cause everything from nerve pain to numbness, burning, tingling, and even difficulty sleeping and mobility problems. It can be caused by any number of different conditions, from diabetes to bone marrow disorders and even treatments for other conditions, such as chemotherapy.

How Do Doctors Treat Neuropathy?

If you've received a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy from a medical doctor, chances are that along with your diagnosis you received a prescription for pain medication to "treat" your symptoms. Typical treatments include pain medications like Gabapentin, Lyrica and Neurontin. But while these drugs are usually helpful at treating pain, they're also expensive, have a lengthy list of potential side effects and only mask the pain of neuropathy. They do nothing to heal it. Worse yet, many traditional doctors get most of their treatment-related research from pharmaceutical reps, so they may not be aware of other, more effective alternative treatment options.

How Does Restore Wellness Treat Neuropathy?

Restore Wellness takes a different approach to treating peripheral neuropathy than traditional medical doctors. First and foremost, we recognize that, like neuropathy itself, when it comes to treatment, one size definitely doesn't fit all. Everyone experiences neuropathy for different reasons and in different ways, so naturally, treating each patient's neuropathy should be different, too.

Instead of simply prescribing every patient the same pill to mask the symptoms of neuropathy, we offer an individualized treatment plan that may include light therapy, stem cell therapy or electronic therapy. Some patients benefit from all three, while others may only need one or two. Which therapies and how long the treatments last vary by patient. So, what are these treatments? We're glad you asked!

Light Therapy

Light therapy (or LLT) uses LED lights to encourage your body to release naturally occurring nitric oxide gas into the body. This gas enhances your bloodflow and regulates your blood pressure while at the same time keeping your platelets from sticking together. The best part is that this process also helps reduce numbness and loss of feeling in the limbs, and reduces pain, too. In fact, a 2006 study in the Journal of Diabetes Complications found that when used on 2,339 patients, LLT restored sensation in 66 percent of participants and reduced pain in 67 percent!

Electronic Therapy

Electronic therapy uses low levels of electrical current to stimulate the nerves and eliminate pain and discomfort. Electronic therapy also releases endorphins into the body, reducing pain and increasing pleasure. This therapy, also referred to as E-stim, has been proven to help increase the speed of healing.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy uses your body's own naturally occurring stem cells to treat the pain caused by peripheral neuropathy. This all-natural treatment not only carries a low risk of side effects thanks to it coming from your own body, but also is generally well tolerated by the body, which is less likely with traditional pharmaceuticals. Beyond that, stem cell therapy has been proven to reduce nerve pain for weeks to months at a time instead of the typical hours at a time you can expect with prescription medications.

If you'd like to learn more about how Restore Wellness Center and Dr. Nathan Weller can help treat your peripheral neuropathy, please call 480-751-2629 and schedule a free nerve test today.

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Monday, 20 May 2019

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