Therapy for peripheral neuropathy focuses on treating the underlying cause. For example, if the condition is caused by diabetes, therapy will aim to control diabetes. If a tumor or ruptured disc is the cause, treatment may involve surgery to remove the tumor or repair the ruptured disc. In other cases, treatment may focus on managing pain.
Fortunately, peripheral nerves have a remarkable ability to regenerate themselves. New treatments that are currently being developed and studied use nerve growth factors or gene therapy to treat peripheral neuropathy. This work may offer improved chances for recovery in the future.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
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