04 Sep PRP for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Regenerative medicine procedures to deal with musculoskeletal issues have been in use for a long time. They are being used to treat people suffering from sports injuries, osteoarthritis, and more. PRP therapy has also been used for aesthetic medical treatments.
However, PRP therapy holds the potential to treat patients suffering with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy too.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy refers to nerve damage caused due to chronic high blood sugar levels. It is common among type II diabetes patients who experience symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy that range from pain in the extremities to numbness and loss of sensation. More than half of all type II diabetes patients experience DPN to some extent.
Consistently high blood sugar levels damage a number of nerves throughout the body rendering those nerves unable to carry messages to and from the brain. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy symptoms can range from mild to debilitating.
PRP for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
A recent study conducted by Emad ZariefKamel and Manal Hassanein, published in the Pain Medicine journal, shows that “Perineural PRP injection is an effective therapy for alleviation of diabetic neuropathy pain and numbness and enhancement of peripheral nerve function.” The study shows that PRP injections can lead to –
- enhanced local healing
- tissue remodeling
- nerve axonal regeneration,
- improved recovery of nerve function in patients with neuropathic pain