Yes! It is well-established in the scientific literature that peripheral nerves can and do heal. The key issue is that not only do we need to get the nerves healing but we have to stop whatever is causing the nerve damage in the first place. When the underlying cause of the neuropathy is discovered, and proper support for the nerves is provided, it optimizes the ability for the nerves to heal!
In order to effectively heal nerve damage, three factors must be determined:
- What is the underlying cause of the nerve damage?
- How severe is the nerve damage?
- What type of nerve fibers are involved?
You have sensory nerves (both small diameter and large diameter) which transmit feelings such as hot and cold, and then you also have motor nerves that control the movement and contraction of your muscles. Knowing which fiber types are involved, and to what degree, is crucial to helping your nerves begin to heal.