PMC Foot and Ankle Clinic
Eric Blanson, DPM
Sports Medicine & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Spring, TX
Nerves play an essential part in almost every body function, so nerve damage can be widespread and affect entire organ systems. Eric Blanson, DPM, has helped countless patients reduce nerve pain and address any ongoing issues that are causing the pain. To learn more, call the PMC Foot and Ankle Clinic office in Spring, Texas, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment and start treatment today.
Nerve Pain Q & A
What is nerve pain?
Nerve pain, also called neuropathic pain, refers to nerve damage or diseases that affect your nerve function.
Nerves are specialized cells that carry nerve impulses, which are messages from your brain to other parts of the body. These impulses control muscle movement and relay sensory information back to the brain, among many other functions.
What are the symptoms of nerve pain?
Damaged nerves can send false signals that your brain interprets as pain, even if there is none. Each patient’s symptoms may vary, but common signs of neuropathic pain are:
- Shooting or burning pain
- Tingling or numbness
- Pain from actions that typically don’t hurt
- Spontaneous pain
- Difficulty sleeping
Conversely, damaged nerves can also result in numbness and no feelings of pain, even when you have an injury.
How do you treat nerve pain?
Your provider at PMC Foot and Ankle Clinic performs a physical exam, asks questions about your symptoms, and assesses your overall reflexes and sensitivity to touch.
They may also order additional blood, imaging, or nerve tests to assess the extent of your condition and determine its underlying cause.
Once they determine you have nerve pain, they can suggest medication to reduce pain, treat mild symptoms, and address any complications, physical or mental, that arise because of your condition.
What types of regenerative medicine do you offer for nerve pain?
If you suffer from a chronic disease like gout or arthritis, your provider may suggest regenerative medicine like stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat any resulting nerve pain.
During these treatments, your provider injects either stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) obtained from your own blood directly into the affected nerve.
Stem cells have the ability to regenerate as any type of specialized cell the body needs, and blood platelets with their strong reparative qualities are the frontline defense against wounds.
Both stem cells and PRP therapy harness the body’s own regenerative abilities to reduce inflammation and pain that results from nerve damage.
If you’re experiencing nerve damage because of lupus, you may also benefit from stem cell therapy because the stem cells can revitalize damaged cells and restore normal function to organs.
To learn more about the various treatments for nerve pain, call the office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at PMC Foot and Ankle Clinic right away.