Stem Cell Therapy For Neuropathy
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is damage or dysfunction of one or more nerves resulting in numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and pain in the area affected by neuropathy. It usually starts in your hands and feet, but neuropathy can affect other parts of the body too. Often called peripheral neuropathy shows there’s a problem with your peripheral nervous system, which is made up from the network of nerves outside your brain and spinal cord.
Your brain and spinal cord make up your central nervous system. The network of the nerves allows the information to travel to and from your brain and spinal cord. Neuropathy happens when neurons are damaged or destroyed. This breaks the communication between each neuron and with the brain.
What types of peripheral nerves are there?
There are three types of nerves:
Sensory nerves: They carry messages from your senses through your spinal cord to your brain.
Motor nerves: They carry messages from your brain to your muscles.
Autonomic nerves: They are responsible for body functions that happen outside of your direct control, such as breathing, digestion, heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, bladder control and sexual arousal.
What causes neuropathy?
This is not caused by a single disease. Many conditions and events that impact health can cause neuropathy, including:
- Diabetes: This is the leading cause of neuropathy in the United States.
- Trauma: Injuries from falls, car accidents, fractures or sports activities can cause neuropathy.
- Autoimmune disorders and infections
- Other health conditions.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Symptoms of Neuropathy may vary, depending on the type and location of the damaged nerves. These symptoms can appear suddenly or develop slowly over time.
Some of the common signs and symptoms include:
- Tingling or numbness.
- Sharp, burning, stabbing or electric-like pain.
- Changes in sensation. Inability to feel pain, pressure, temperature or touch. Extreme sensitive touch.
- Loss of coordination.
- Muscle weakness.
Can stem cell therapy help with Neuropathy?
With the advances of technology and medicine, stem cells have become an emerging regenerative therapy for neuropathy thanks to the ability stem cells have of self-renewal. The administration of stem cells go through the body and locate the damaged nerves caused by neuropathy and help stop the symptoms and regenerate the damaged areas. Improving the quality of life of the patients and start to recover the lost sensations caused by neuropathy.