The most common method recommended to treat neuropathy is with prescription drugs that may temporarily reduce symptoms. These drugs have generic names such as Gabapentin, Amitriptyline, or Pregbalin and are primarily anti-depressant or anti-seizure drugs. These drugs may cause a variety of harmful side effects.
Very small blood vessels, capillaries, surround the nerve endings. When these very small blood vessels become diseased they begin to shrivel up and the nerves begin to degenerate because they are not getting any nutrients. Think of a tree and its roots. The roots are the capillaries and the leaves to the tree are the nerves. If the leaves are dying it is due to the roots not supplying nutrients to the tree. Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage to the nerves (lack of nutrients) often causing weakness, pain, numbness, tingling, and the most debilitating balance problems. This damage is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to lack of nutrient flow. When these nerves begin to “die” they cause you to have balance problems, pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and many additional symptoms.
In order to effectively treat your neuropathy three factors must be determined.
1) What is the underlying cause?
2) How Much Nerve Damage Has Been Sustained. NOTE: Once you have sustained 85% nerve loss, there is nothing that we can do for you.
3) How much treatment will your condition require?
The treatment that is provided here at Charlotte Spine & Pain Relief Center has 3 main goals:
1) Increase blood flow
2) Stimulate small fiber nerves
3) Decrease brain-based pain
The treatment to increase blood flow utilizes a specialized low-level light therapy (not to be confused with laser therapy) using light emitting diode technology.
The low level light therapy is like watering a plant. The light therapy will allow the blood vessels to grow back around the peripheral nerves and provide them with the proper nutrients to heal and repair. It’s like adding water to a plant and seeing the roots grow deeper and deeper.
The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation. As long as you have not sustained at least 85% nerve damage then your condition can been treated.