Relieve Pain and Tingling

by Eddie Roach

Falls are the beginning of decline in many older adults. Many falls are the result of pain or numbness caused by peripheral neuropathy. Nerve Renewal Neuropathy Clinics offer innovative, personalized, non-invasive treatments to address the pain and disabling effects of neuropathy.

With three clinics strategically located in the greater Oklahoma City area and two more planned this year, Nerve Renewal provides easy access to treatments which patients praise as life-changing.

“At Nerve Renewal, we are on a mission to help Oklahomans renew their quality of life through estab-

lished nerve pain treatments that provide safe and effective relief,” said Tim Bales, owner of Nerve Renewal Neuropathy Clinics. “Our
prominent clients are seniors. They have some sort of pain, mainly neuropathy, and they are looking for some kind of relief from that pain or more feeling in their extremities.”

Nerve Renewal uses targeted, high dosage Electroanalgesia (EA) treatments to reduce pain without the drawbacks of invasive procedures or addictive medications. The high-frequency energy blocks the pain signal in the injured part of the body, providing relief with no recovery needed. Bales said studies show that 80% of patients experience a long-term reduction in pain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed widespread occurrence of peripheral neuropathy, especially among older adults. It reported an incidence of 10.4% for middle-aged adults 40-69 years old, 26.8% for older adults 70+, and 39.2% for older adults with atherosclerosis risk. Atherosclerosis is thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque in the inner lining of an artery. Risk factors may include high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, physical activity, and eating saturated fats.

“Peripheral neuropathy typically starts with numbness and tingling in the hands and feet before progressing into constant pain,” said Sarah Jones, APRN. “This condition reduces sensation in lower limbs, affecting your balance, and leads to decreased muscle strength. This combination increases your reliance on vision and is especially dangerous in low-light situations where the risk of falling is greatest.”

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that results from damage to nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord. Those who have peripheral neuropathy often experience pain, numbness, and weakness in their hands and feet. This can affect other things too, like walking or digestion. The cause of peripheral neuropathy can vary depending on the person, but it is most commonly caused by diabetes, chemotherapy, or trauma to the nerve endings. Some people with this condition describe the pain as stabbing or burning sensations.

According to the American Geriatrics Society, 65% of seniors with peripheral neuropathy have at least one fall per year, and 30% of those falls resulted in an injury that required hospitalization. In the most recent study, the society estimated medical costs attributable to fatal and nonfatal falls was approximately $50.0 billion. For nonfatal falls, Medicare paid approximately $28.9 billion, Medicaid $8.7 billion, and private and other payers $12.0 billion. Overall medical spending for fatal falls was estimated to be $754 million.

“Staying on top of your health is so important,” Jones said. “Many people dismiss numbness and tingling as a normal part of aging, but it needs special attention so that you are not more susceptible to falls. Treatment with electromedical therapy is preferable to chemical nerve blocks, especially when the pathology is widespread.”

Electroanalgesia works by delivering exact dosages of electrical stimulation to peripheral nerves. These high frequencies can decrease the ability of the affected nerves to transmit pain, which brings relief and healing. There is no opioid drowsiness, addiction concerns, or side effects.

Jones said patients experience long-term reduction in pain without surgery or medication through the use of proven Electroanalgesia (EA) treatments. The high-frequency energy blocks the pain signal in the injured part of the body, providing relief with no recovery time needed.

While the treatment regimen is tailored to each individual, Nerve Renewal patients generally receive 12 to 24 treatments over 5 to 12 weeks. Therapy combines injections of a pharmaceutical-grade nutrient blend with electroanalgesia to provide relief from symptoms. While many patients experience some relief after two or three treatments, it is important that patients complete the full course as recommended since the effects are cumulative. One aspect of the treatment plan may include a weekly balance test to assess the level of improvement.

With just over a year of providing services at the initial Nerve Renewal Nephropathy Clinic location in northwest Oklahoma City, there are a growing number of patients who testify to the benefits of treatments. Here are some typical comments:

“My name is Gary and Nerve Renewal changed my life. I’ve always been an avid hiker, but over time, the pain in my feet kept me from enjoying the outdoors. When I came for my first appointment they explained everything to me and it was very comforting. I have seven grandchildren, and since coming to Nerve Renewal, I’ve been able to go out with them and enjoy the outdoors and hike with them. That’s been a marvelous thing for me.”

“My name is Phyllis and Nerve Renewal has changed my life for the better. Since coming to Nerve Renewal I can get around in my home by myself and I have feeling in my legs and feet. The staff made me feel very comfortable, explained everything to me, and it was very therapeutic. I felt great when I left and I’m excited to come back. So if you are experiencing pain or numbness in your hands or your feet call Nerve Renewal today.”

“My name is Hilton. Before I came to Nerve Renewal, I’ve had problems with feet burning, numbness, and I couldn’t tolerate the covers on my feet at night. And after three short weeks, I’ve noticed the difference in my feet. No numbness and tingling and my grandkids can come out and I’m able to spend time with them out walking them around with the mule. After having so much success, I referred my wife, and she’s getting treatment now.”

Most Patients do not need a doctor’s referral, and treatments are covered by major insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid and the VA.

“Seniors want a larger role in their health care, and Nerve Renewal offers just that,” said Marilyn Olson, executive director of VillagesOKC, a nonprofit which promotes empowered independence for older adults and is a mentor to Nerve Renewal. She said many older adults with neuropathy of the feet are prone to stumble and fall – and falls are the leading cause of injury among adults 65 and older.

“Many with neuropathy of the feet are prone to stumble and fall,” Olson said. “Every year, falls result in hospitalization of approximately 7,000 older adults and the death of more than 450 older adults in Oklahoma. In America, one in four people 65 and older fall at least once every year, also true in Oklahoma. Falls are the single most consistent indicator of decline.

“Most falls are at home. The most likely place is in the home, in the bathroom, at night. The reason: low vision, poor balance. Often balance is off because of no feeling in the feet and toes. Nerve Renewal’s therapy addresses the neuropathy in the feet and toes, which reduces the likelihood of stumbling and falling. It also allows renewed walking and exercise, which improves balance.”

Nerve Renewal believes that service to others is not just a philosophy – it is the heart of the organization. They embrace the transformative power of service and strive to make a meaningful impact on the lives of their clients, employees, and communities.

“At Nerve Renewal, we are on a mission to help Oklahomans renew their quality of life through established nerve pain treatments that provide safe and effective relief,” Bales said.

Nerve Renewal provides non-invasive treatments for neuropathy and nerve pain, providing relief from pain or tingling in the feet and hands. Conditions treated include peripheral neuropathy, chemotherapy induced neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, phantom limb syndrome and post-surgical nerve pain.

Nerve Renewal is a full-year into its plan to open multiple neuropathy clinics in the greater Oklahoma City area. Why so many? Bales said it’s important to have convenient locations and flexible hours because it’s difficult for many patients to travel far because of the persistent pain.

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