Your peripheral nerves have the remarkable ability to heal. But that doesn’t mean they regenerate without intervention.
In most cases, your nerves only heal if they have a supportive environment, including enough time without ongoing stress, targeted treatment, and holistic care promoting your overall health.
The neuropathy specialists at Infinity Regenerative and Neuropathy Center in Plano, Texas have extensive experience helping patients recover from nerve injuries. They offer comprehensive care tailored to meet your needs, and they provide advanced therapies that accelerate nerve healing.
Here’s what you need to know about nerve healing and regeneration.
Not all peripheral nerves heal
All peripheral nerves have the potential to heal, but whether or not they recover depends on the severity of your neuropathy (nerve damage), how long the nerve was injured, and whether you seek treatment.
The time it takes for a nerve to heal also varies. With self-care, like protecting the nerve from further injury, a minor problem such as a bruised nerve may heal in a few weeks.
A nerve that’s intact but suffers damage to its protective cover (the myelin) should heal faster than a nerve that was pinched a long time ago or torn. However, both injuries could take months or years to heal and only heal with medical support.
A severed nerve may not be able to recover without surgery. Neuropathy may never improve if the underlying condition doesn't get treated.
Steps to support nerve healing
Creating a therapeutic, nurturing environment gives damaged nerves the best chance of a full recovery in the least amount of time. We support the healing process with the following steps:
1. Diagnosing and treating the cause of your neuropathy
Though you can have neuropathy without an identifiable cause, we always begin by diagnosing the cause if possible. Treating the condition responsible for your nerve damage is essential. Your nerves will suffer if we don’t address the underlying problem.
There are various causes of neuropathy. Many people have a traumatic or repetitive use injury. Diabetes is one of the top causes, but many health conditions may be the source of your nerve damage, ranging from vitamin deficiencies and alcohol use disorder to an underactive thyroid, kidney disease, and autoimmune diseases.
We begin the search for a cause by learning about your diet, activities, environment, and overall health. After completing a physical and neurology exam, we may do nerve function tests and diagnostic imaging.
Finally, we decide whether to run lab tests. We don’t have a test to diagnose neuropathy, but there are many lab tests to rule out other health conditions known to affect your nerves.
2. Creating a healing environment
Supporting nerve healing includes many possible therapies designed to meet your individual needs. These are just a few examples:
- Resting or immobilizing the nerve
- Nutritional supplements
- Dietary changes
- Exercise or physical therapy
- Weight loss
- Eliminating toxins
- Stopping smoking
The chemicals you inhale when smoking tightens and damages blood vessels, limiting circulation and depriving nerves of the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal.
3. Recommending advanced treatment
We offer today’s most advanced treatments for neuropathy, including a proven, FDA-cleared protocol that eases symptoms like pain, tingling, and numbness and accelerates nerve regeneration.
We focus on healing your damaged nerves efficiently so you can return to enjoying your life.
To learn more about supporting nerve healing, call Infinity Regenerative and Neuropathy Center or book an appointment online today.