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Detroit Free Press 03/20/2018

Unique therapies ease painful neuropathy

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Treatments at the Knee Institute & Regenerative Medicine may include the use of Quell, an FDA-approved device worn on the calf that stimulates the nerves to trigger the release of your body’s natural pain blockers. Pain is blocked at the spinal cord, which gives widespread relief.

Another option is the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP), which contains 10 times more growth factors than normal plasma. Blood is drawn from the patient and centrifuged to increase the concentration of platelets. The resulting PRP is then injected into the foot to promote the body’s natural healing process. The therapy shows great promise in boosting nerve regeneration.

“A lot of professional athletes utilize PRP,” Willard said. “When I had it done, I started to feel things again after just three or four days. Before PRP, I could not even feel the floor.”

Other methods employed at the Knee Institute include the use of stem cells harvested from human umbilical cords (not embryos) and unique physical therapy techniques to help patients gain sensation in their foot and thus reduce the likelihood of falls.

The comprehensive treatment program generally runs for eight weeks and typically includes physical therapy three times a week and a total of five PRP sessions. But just as each patient’s peripheral neuropathy is different, so is the Knee Institute’s approach.

There is one constant, however – no drugs.

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