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What Causes Neuropathy?

Ainsworth Institute

Neuropathic pain affects roughly 2-3%[1] of the general population with an estimated cost of $40 billion per year in treatment related costs.[2] But what causes it? Since Neuropathy is an umbrella term used to describe any abnormalities of nerve function and structure, the potential causes of neuropathy are seemingly endless. Causes of Neuropathy: Genetics - Family history plays a big role. People who have family members with Neuropathy are more likely to experience it themselves. Toxins - Exposure to lead, glue, solvents, and heavy metals like mercury can cause nerve damage. This can happen through proximity to these agents in the workplace, or through willful abuse. Physical Injury - The most common cause of nerve injury. For example, spinal cord injury or disc herniation due to a fall or accident can lead to Neuropathic pain. Neuropathy can also be caused by holding…

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What is Transdifferentiation?

Stem Cell Therapy New York City NYC

Once a stem cell reaches the treatment site, it will differentiate or specialize into whatever specific cell is needed to repair specific tissue – like cartilage in an arthritic knee or connective tissue in a torn tendon[1]; this is called Transdifferentiation. A number of experiments have reported that certain adult stem cell types can differentiate into cell types seen in organs or tissues other than those expected from the cells' predicted lineage (i.e., brain stem cells that differentiate into blood cells or blood-forming cells that differentiate into cardiac muscle cells, and so forth). This enables the damaged or degenerative tissues to be repaired at the cellular level without surgery. Once the stem cells specialize, these new cells will continue to divide. Infusing damaged, painful tissue with new healthy cells can lead to regeneration – potentially reducing pain and improving function…

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The Science behind Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is most concisely defined as a volume of plasma that contains a concentrate of platelets (PLT) above that of baseline blood levels.[1]PRP, while considered experimental to most third-party payers, has been used for over 30 years as an aid in recovery following certain surgical, orthopedic and dental procedures with thousands of research articles having been published over that time on the safety and efficacy of its application.  It is an autologous blood product which can be injected into virtually any damaged area of the body to deliver PLT-derived Growth Factors (PDGF) to promote healing.[2] Given the autologous nature of PRP, potential side effects or complications are theoretically reduced – moreover, as it is one’s own blood simply being re-administered, many view PRP as a holistic treatment methodology. In order to understand the conceptual benefit of PRP, one…

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