PRP Demonstrates Potential for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment
Doctors and clinics that use PRP kits are employing Regenerative Medicine to treat musculoskeletal issues. They are treating people suffering from sports injuries, osteoarthritis, etcetera.
Could PRP provide relief for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy patients? According to new study published in the Pain Medicine journal, PRP Therapy could become a conventional treatment for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. The study demonstrates that PRP Injections can “enhance local healing, tissue remodeling, and nerve axonal regeneration, and to improve recovery of nerve function in patients with neuropathic pain,” according to Clinical Pain Advisor’s Dr. Amit Akirov, MD.
What Causes Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is fundamentally nerve damage caused by consistently high blood sugar levels. It is a common for Type II Diabetes patients who experience it via symptoms ranging from pain in the extremities to numbness and loss of sensation. Some 60 percent to 70 percent of all Diabetes patients ultimately endure Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy to some degree.
The condition is a direct result of nerve damage. Persistently high blood sugar levels cause damage to a variety of nerves throughout the body, interfering with the ability of those nerves to carry messages to and from the brain. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy symptoms can range from minor to incapacitating.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Study Overview
The study was conducted by researchers at the Assiut University Hospital in Egypt. It was conducted as a random outcome-assessor blinded study involving 60 patients with both Type II Diabetes and some level of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.
Patients were randomly divided into 2 groups. The control group received only standard medical care. The study group received both PRP Injections and standard medical care. Patients were evaluated for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy symptoms throughout the study period and at 1-, 3-, and 6-month follow-up intervals.
Applying standard scoring methodologies, concluded that the study group patients demonstrated superior improvement from the start of treatment through the end of the 6 month follow-up. In summary, they reported less pain and discomfort associated with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. The outcome of the study led the authors to deduce that “perineural PRP Injection is an effective therapy for alleviation of Diabetic Neuropathy pain and numbness and enhancement of peripheral nerve function.”
The study’s authors did not elaborate on mechanism behind PRP’s effectiveness in treating Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy; however, they did speculate that the injections promote local healing, including tissue regeneration and improved nerve function. Based on what we know about PRP and its Growth Factors, their speculation seems feasible.
Doctors know that the Growth Factors contained in concentrated PRP are used by the body to address injury and disease. In summary, they are tools naturally used for healing even without injections. Giving the body more tools to work with through PRP Injections should, at least in theory, enrich healing.
The study out of Egypt has revealed that PRP Therapy shows tremendous potential for treating patients suffering from Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. More research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms and long-term results. But based on the study results, things look good.
Relief is possible for Diabetes patients who have their quality of life restricted by Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Presuming PRP Therapy proves effective, it could mean more mobility, less pain, and a more enjoyable daily experience for millions of people.