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Peripheral Neuropathy in Scottsdale, AZ

The Scottsdale Stem Cell Treatment Center offers treatment for peripheral neuropathy to the residents of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and the surrounding Arizona communities.

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

The result of damage to the peripheral nerves, peripheral neuropathy usually causes numbness, pain, and weakness in the feet and hands. However, the condition can also affect other parts of the body. The pain is generally described by sufferers as burning or stabbing while there is often a tingling sensation.

The peripheral nervous system sends information from the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord, to the rest of the body. Peripheral neuropathy could be the result of infections, traumatic injuries, exposure to toxins, heredity, or metabolic problems that damage the nerves. Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common causes. The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy improve in many cases, particularly when the underlying cause is treated.

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Several factors may cause neuropathies, such as the following:

  • Alcoholism could lead to poor choices in diet, which can result in vitamin deficiencies.
  • Auto-immune diseases that may lead to peripheral neuropathy include chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Guillain-Barre syndrome, lupus, necrotizing vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome.
  • Bone marrow disorders that may lead to the condition include amyloidosis, lymphoma, monoclonal gammopathies, and osteosclerotic myeloma.
  • Diabetes is an underlying cause, with more than 50 percent of diabetics developing some form of neuropathy.
  • Infections that may cause peripheral neuropathy include diphtheria, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis C, HIV, leprosy, Lyme disease, and shingles.
  • Inherited disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease are forms of neuropathy that can be passed on in families.
  • Medications that treat cancer and other health problems may cause peripheral neuropathy.
  • Poison exposure from chemicals and heavy metals could contribute.
  • Pressure on the nerves may develop from using crutches, wearing a cast, or repeating motions such as typing.
  • Trauma to the nerves may result from car accidents, sports injuries, or falls, damaging or severing the peripheral nerves.
  • Tumors, whether benign or malignant, may develop on the nerves or put pressure on surrounding nerves.
  • Vitamin deficiencies mean the nerves do not get the nutrients they need, such as niacin and vitamins B1, B6, B12, and E.
  • Other diseases such as hypothyroidism, kidney disease, liver disease, and connective tissue disorders may lead to peripheral neuropathy.

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

Every peripheral system nerve has a certain function, so the symptoms that sufferers experience depend on the nerves that are affected. The nerves are classified as follows:

  • Autonomic nerves that control the bladder, blood pressure, digestion, and heart rate
  • Motor nerves that control muscle movement
  • Sensory nerves that receive skin sensations such as pain, temperature, touch, and vibration

Symptoms and signs of peripheral neuropathy may include the following:

  • Burning, sharp, or jabbing pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Falling or lack of coordination
  • Gradual onset of tingling and numbness in the hands or feet that could spread to the arms or legs
  • Paralysis or muscle weakness if motor nerves are affected

If the autonomic nerves are affected, the symptoms may include the following:

  • Changes in blood pressure, resulting in lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Digestive, bladder, or bowel problems
  • Heat intolerance and sweating

Peripheral neuropathy might be diagnosed as mononeuropathy (affecting one type of nerve), multiple mononeuropathy (affecting two or more), or polyneuropathy (affecting many).

Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment via Stem Cell Therapy

SSCTC has created an SVF deployment protocol that tries to utilize the potential regenerative and immune-modulatory properties of SVF, which are rich in growth factors and mesenchymal stem cells. This is a cellular surgical method that involves the injection of SVF into soft tissue as an outpatient directly after it is harvested and procured. The whole procedure takes about four hours.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, please contact us at Scottsdale Stem Cell to find out whether STV or another form of stem cell treatment is right for you and your unique condition.

Written by Scottsdale Stem Cell Center