What is Nerve Regeneration?
Nerve regeneration, sometimes called neuroregeneration, refers to the process of helping the structures that make up the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves) heal. The basic structure of the nervous system are neurons, or nerve cells.
Neurons have 3 basic parts:
- Cell body: the core of a neuron and contains genetic information, maintains the neuron’s structure, and provides energies.
- Dendrites: tail-like structures that are connected to the cell body and transmit electrical signals to other parts of the body. They are insulated with a substance called myelin, which helps axons conduct the electrical signal.
- Axons: root-like structures that branch out from the cell body; their job is to receive and process signals from axons of other neurons.
The central nervous system’s neurons do not naturally regenerate after damage or an injury. This is why certain kinds of brain damage or damage to the spinal cord are permanent.
However, the peripheral nervous system (that is, nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord) axons can naturally regenerate, which allows them to recover over time; however, this is a very slow process.
But this does mean the peripheral nervous system can respond to nerve regeneration treatments, which can increase the speed of regeneration.
How Can Memphis Regenerative Healthcare Help with Nerve Regeneration?
Our Memphis nerve regeneration clinic utilizes two different kinds of therapies to regenerate nerves.
Cell therapy entails injecting a special kind of regenerative cell into the body. These cells can easily adapt and change into the kind of cells the body needs in order to heal itself. In the case of nerve regeneration, these cells can become cells that encourage the regeneration of nerve tissue.
Cell therapy has shown promise and a great deal of progress in the nerve regeneration process.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an injection-based treatment that uses the natural healing properties of a patient’s own blood. Platelets, the component of blood that specializes in clotting wounds, contain special proteins referred to as growth factors. Growth factors increase the speed of the body’s natural healing process. The more growth factors, the faster the body will heal.
PRP therapy is one of the safest procedures when it comes to treating pain and encouraging nerve regeneration. Because it is sourced from the patient, their body is highly unlikely to have a negative reaction to the PRP injection.
What Conditions Can Be Treated By Nerve Regeneration?
Provided that the nerve injury or damage is not directly affecting the brain and spinal cord, nerve regeneration may be possible.
Certain conditions that can be treated or have symptoms eased or lessened include:
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Chronic pain caused by nerve damage
- Acute pain caused by nerve damage
- Injury from an accident or fall
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Nerve Regeneration
Memphis Regenerative Healthcare is here to help boost your body’s natural healing abilities with its treatment options. To learn more about nerve regeneration treatments in Memphis, contact us today or schedule a consultation.