Can Stem Cell therapy help Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy can be very painful and often times debilitating. It affects sensory and even motor functions of the extremities. Causes of neuropathy can include the following:
Neuropathy secondary to trauma
Neuropathy secondary to vitamin deficiencies
Neuropathy secondary to toxicity (Alcoholism, chemotherapy, lead exposure)
Idiopathic (unknown cause) neuropathy
Environmental neuropathy (repeated vibrations or severe hypothermia)
Neuropathy secondary to autoimmune diseases (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Guillain-Barre’ syndrome)
Common signs and symptoms include pain, burning, numbness, tingling, sensitivity to temperature change, and weakness of extremities.
If medications, physical therapy, and other aggressive therapies have not helped with the symptoms of neuropathy, stem cell therapy might be the next option for treatment. This treatment involves injections of stem cell product around the lower extremity nerves. Physical therapy, B12 injections, and acupuncture may be prescribed depending on a case to case assessment by the practitioner.