Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a nerve disorder that involves damage to the peripheral nervous system, the nerve network that transmits information to and from the brain to other parts of the body such as your hands and feet. Peripheral nerves are critical to letting the brain know about issues like pain, heat, and cold. PN may involve a wide array of symptoms due to the fact that each nerve in our bodies has a very specialized function. It also depends on the extent of the damage to the nerve.
Neuropathy can come in acute and chronic forms. In acute neuropathies, symptoms appear all of a sudden and get worse very quickly. In chronic neuropathies, symptoms get worse slowly over time. There may be periods of remission where the condition plateaus and stays the same for months or even years. In frequently occurring types of PN such as diabetic neuropathy, the nerves of the parts of the body farthest from the brain such as the feet are affected first. Over time, the fingers, hands and arms may become affected. Symptoms are frequently symmetrical, that is, they affect both feet/legs at the same time and progress upwards from there.
- Burning-like pain
- Pain/numbness in your feet or hands
- Leg cramping
- Sharp electrical-like pain
- Pain when you walk
- Difficulty sleeping with leg & foot discomfort
- Prickling or tingling feelings of the feet or hands
- Poor Balance
- Muscle weakness
Symptoms can be classified in three broad categories according to the type of nerve that is damaged. Sensory – these nerves transmit sensations such as pain or touch. Sensory nerve damage can cause a wide range of symptoms as these nerves have a very broad array offunctions. There are two main types of nerves affected in this category: Large sensory nerve damage involving the ability to perceive touch or vibration and positional awareness. This type of damage often manifests itself through numbness in the hands and feet. It can also lead to difficulty with coordination in terms of balance, walking or other movements. Smaller sensory nerve damage involving the ability to feel pain or changes in temperature. The ability to feel pain comes in two opposite categories – the inability to register pain and extreme sensitivity to pain.
Motor nerves – for example, those that control muscles used for walking. Muscle weakness and cramps are two of the most common symptom of motor nerve damage. Autonomic – these nerves help control unconscious activities such as breathing, digesting food or heart operation.
Peripheral neuropathy requires a comprehensive diagnostic protocol as the symptoms are so multi-faceted. A board-certified medical provider will review a patient’s current symptoms, family medical history and other factors.
The doctor will also perform a number of tests to determine the cause and the severity of the patient’s nerve damage. All results are worked into an overall diagnostic profile that you and your medical provider will carefully review before moving into the treatment phase.
The Acelerate GF (Growth Factor) treatment is a highly concentrated product which can be used in regenerative therapy, especially for neuropathy. Acelerate GF is made up of a platelet rich plasma fibrin matrix which is combined with collagen, and is easily injectable. The platelets in Acelerate GF are aggregated then activated in a way to amplify the release of growth factors. This plasma concentration contains a super dose of growth factors and is a super recruiter of blood born stem cells in a high concentration, promoting the growth and accelerated regeneration of a wide range of tissues and nerves.
Acelerate GF is a proprietary activator solution that was designed to facilitate the healing of soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, muscles/joints, and more importantly nerves. The new treatment has various benefits for patients but most significantly it is a natural, non-painful, yet aggressive approach for healing that doesn’t require surgery.