Neuropathy affects more than 20 million people in the United States, and it may potentially cause a range of symptoms that can be disruptive to your life. John Dimowo, MD, at California Pain Regenerative & Wellness Physicians, is a pain management and regenerative medicine specialist who offers many innovative treatments, including stem cell therapy, to help manage your neuropathy. To learn more, call the Ontario, California, office or schedule a consultation online today.
Neuropathy Q & A
What should I know about neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that indicates damage to your peripheral nerves. Your peripheral nerves relay signals to and from your central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord, to provide sensory information.
These nerves also perform various functions, such as muscle contractions and regulating your blood pressure.
You can develop neuropathy from a physical injury or an underlying health condition that damages the nerves. Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Your neuropathy symptoms may depend on the types of nerves that are damaged. The types of peripheral nerves and related symptoms include:
Your sensory nerves provide sensory information to your brain, including pain, temperature, and touch. If your sensory nerves are damaged you may experience numbing, tingling, or an increase in pain.
Your motor nerves are responsible for telling your muscles to move. With motor nerve damage, you may experience muscle weakness or wasting.
Your autonomic nerves regulate functions in your body that you don’t consciously control, such as body temperature and digestion. If these nerves are damaged, you can experience a range of symptoms, such as heat intolerance, a change in blood pressure, or digestive issues
Due to the variation in symptoms, neuropathy can be difficult to diagnose.
What are the treatments for neuropathy?
Treatment for your neuropathy may depend on the types of nerves affected, your symptoms, and the severity of your nerve damage. Dr. Dimowo creates an individualized treatment plan to help improve your health and relieve your symptoms.
For pain management, he may recommend:
Pain patches or creams
Nortriptyline, an antidepressant that modulates pain signals
He may also suggest regenerative medicine such as stem cell therapy as a treatment for your neuropathy.
How can stem cell therapy help my neuropathy?
Stem cell therapy is a fairly new treatment that has many possibilities in medicine. Your stem cells are blank cells that have the ability to transform themselves into the types of cells your body needs to heal tissue, make new bone, and generate new blood vessels.
Dr. Dimowo has tapped into the potential powers of stem cell therapy. By injecting stem cells — which come from placenta and umbilical cord products obtained from cesarean section births — directly into the site of your damaged nerves, the stem cells may help repair the damage and alleviate your symptoms.
To learn more about the innovative treatments for neuropathy, call California Pain Regenerative & Wellness Physicians, or schedule an appointment online today.