What is neuropathy?
The body is a complex system, and the nervous system is one of its most complicated components. Virtually everything that happens in your body has its origins in the messages delivered by the nervous system. When there is damage to the nerves that make up the system, the results can be anything from numbness and tingling in the extremities to severe, debilitating pain.
Diabetes, exposure to toxic substances, nerve damage, and autoimmune problems can cause the nerves to lose their myelin sheathing or suffer from pressure due to inflammation. The resulting interruptions in the signals to the brain are what cause the sensations of numbness, tingling, or pain, particularly in the extremities, making movement of any kind problematic or impossible.
Options for treatment?
The most important element of effective neuropathy treatment is addressing the issue at the source rather than simply treating symptoms. The specific location of the nerve damage, and the reason for the damage, can determine which course of action the doctor takes.
For nerve damage due to trauma or disease, the first step is often trying to harness the body’s own healing processes to address the damage to the nerve tissue. One way to accomplish this is through the use of Platelet-rich Plasma, or PRP.
If the team decides this is the best course of action, they will withdraw blood from the patient and spin it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. This concentrated solution is full of the healing factors that occur naturally in the body: amino acids, cytokines, and protein chains that serve as messengers to the body to spur the healing process at a cellular level. By targeting the area of the specific damage to the nerves, the PRP therapy can help the body heal itself at the source of the problem.
Additionally, the team may decide that a chiropractic adjustment is necessary to alleviate the neuropathy. If the body is misaligned, the components of the musculoskeletal system can compress and cause inflammation surrounding important nerve clusters, both in the spine and in the major joints.
Misalignment can lead to a number of other complications as well, but the nerve compression and damage are the key causes of neuropathy. A chiropractic adjustment can realign the body and relieve the inflammation that is causing the pain or discomfort, as well as restoring the body to a state of balance and equilibrium and overall health. This gentle approach is non-invasive, so you can get back to normal activities as soon as the alignment has been restored.
Regardless of the treatment, a targeted approach addressing the nerve damage that is causing the neuropathy could be the answer you are looking for to get the relief you deserve.