Do you ever feel like the signal from your brain to your hand is broken? Your nervous system is a magnificent network of communication that constantly fires signals between your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and all other parts of your body. These signals range from sensory information, such as a message that your feet are cold, to commands, such as a signal to ball your hand into a fist.
When these signals misfire — or don’t fire at all — you may experience numbness, tingling, difficulty moving, and pain. At Advantage Spinal Dynamics, we want you to know that you don’t need to bear neuropathic hand pain. With his expertise in neuropathy and advanced treatment methods, Brandon Reibling, DC, can help restore pain-free function to hands.
Causes of neuropathic hand pain
Before delving into treatment methods, it’s helpful to know just what causes neuropathic hand pain. When you come in for a consultation and treatment, Dr. Reibling diagnoses and discusses your particular condition, but here are some common causes of hand neuropathy:
- Physical injury
- Autoimmune disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Vascular disorders
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Kidney and liver disorders
In some cases, the cause of the neuropathy can’t be identified, in which case Dr. Reibling diagnoses idiopathic neuropathy.
Treatment for neuropathic hand pain
Dr. Reibling offers an entire suite of services for neuropathy-related issues, among them powerful regenerative medicine, targeted laser therapy, and platelet-rich plasma therapy.
Regenerative medicine refers to the process of using stem cells to stimulate healing and foster the growth of new body tissues in your affected areas. For example, Dr. Reibling may inject stem cells near your injured nerve sites, where they differentiate into new, healthy nerve cells.
Stem cell treatment can provide long-lasting pain relief and peace of mind that nerve damage won’t cause you any further pain.
There’s no downtime involved with regenerative medicine, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to stick to your day-to-day schedule and activities (plus some, because you’ll feel so much better). When Dr. Reibling uses your own cells for treatment, you need to come in for a visit to have your cells harvested. When you return at a later date for the actual treatment, Dr. Reibling simply injects the stem cells into the injury site.
Low-level laser treatments can also provide neuropathic pain relief. By emitting beams of high-intensity light into your skin, lasers increase blood flow to your damaged nerves, which delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your damaged tissue. This process, in turn, stimulates nerve repair and function.
Laser therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive procedure that usually takes less than 30 minutes per session. You may need several sessions to completely eliminate your pain. Dr. Reibling guides you through the laser treatment process if he determines laser therapy is right for you.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy
Your blood is made mostly of plasma (the liquid part), but it also contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. To develop PRP, Dr. Reibling puts your blood in a centrifuge and spins it to separate your platelets from your other blood cells. This results in a high concentration of platelets, which Dr. Reibling injects into your injury site.
Platelets contain high concentrations of proteins called growth factors, which kickstart the body’s healing process, stimulate cellular repair, and act as signaling molecules between cells, which can effectively reduce or eliminate any pain caused by neuropathy.
Getting started with treatment
If you’re struggling with neuropathic hand pain, don’t settle for discomfort before exploring all of your treatment options. Dr. Reibling is happy to sit down with you and talk about what treatment might be best for you.
To get started, call us at Advantage Spinal Dynamics to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment online.