Living With Numbness In Part Of Your Body? One of These Treatments May Help

Huntsville, Alabama, St. Luke Integrative Medical Center, Numbness, Dr. Ortega

It’s almost like the rise before the fall on a rollercoaster. You get the pins-and-needles feeling in your hands and feet, and it eventually goes away with the rush of adrenaline. But what happens when the numbness persists? How do you treat it with success?

Numbness is also known as paresthesia, where you lose feeling or sensation in a part of your body. You feel pins, needles, and tingling, but you can also feel itching or burning, too. We at St. Luke Integrative Medical Center know how persistent numbness can worry you, and have several treatment options available.

Compression, irritation, or damage typically causes numbness. It can affect a single nerve on the right side of the body while you won’t feel anything on the left or vice versa. Alternatively, you may feel numbness on both sides of the body. Paresthesia usually affects the nerves in the hands and feet.

What causes numbness?

Certain diseases can cause persistent numbness in the body. The disease may damage the most sensitive and longest nerve fibers in your body, particularly the ones extending to your feet.

Numbness also results from a nerve injury, a viral or bacterial infection, or systemic diseases.
The most common conditions that cause numbness include:

What treatments are available for numbness?

No matter if your persistent numbness comes from an injury or medical condition, St. Luke Integrative Medicine Center has a wide variety of treatment options. First, Dr. Ortega will conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause of your numbness and discuss its history with you.

You may have an issue with peripheral neuropathy, which means pain, numbness, or weakness from nerve damage. This commonly occurs in the hands and feet, especially in those with diabetes.

Dr. Ortega can use a noninvasive approach to ease your numbness with stem cell regenerative medicine. Stem cells secrete neurotrophic factors that offer neuroprotection and neurogenerative effects, healing the pain and numbness while providing protection. No pain, medication, or surgery is involved in your treatment.

Recent stem cell research offers relief for nerve damage  

In 2015, researchers at Duke University stated that a radical stem cell therapy showed promise in relieving pain for those suffering from diabetic neuropathy or other kinds of nerve damage for the long term. Mice injected with bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs), a type of stem cell, proved significantly less sensitive to nerve pain.

If an analgesic is given, a patient typically experiences relief for a few hours. However, the study revealed that bone marrow stem cells provided relief for four to five weeks in the mice.

Nearly 26 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes, and roughly half deal with a particular degree of neuropathy. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy causes your nerves to release signals that are abnormal. You then feel numbness in your hands, arms, toes, feet, and legs. This can also increase your chance for injury.

Injections of BMSC can also contribute to blood vessel growth and restore the myelin sheath, which is the protective covering over nerve cells commonly damaged by neuropathy.

Cutting-edge regenerative medicine treatments offered at St. Luke Integrative Medical Center offer longer periods of relief and significant to complete healing.

Living with paresthesia for the long-term significantly compromises your quality of life. It can affect your livelihood and relationships, as you need to take longer breaks and you miss out on activities. Numbness due to injury or a medical condition doesn’t have to take over your life.

Let us welcome you at St. Luke Integrative Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for a consultation with Dr. Ortega. You deserve to get the relief you need to resume your favorite activities and create lasting memories with those you love. Don’t forget to follow up and tell us all about your latest rollercoaster ride after treatment.

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