Peripheral Neuropathy

peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a frustrating, life impairing condition that is often overlooked until it’s too late to treat effectively. Common medical treatment consists of drug prescriptions like Gabapentin/Neurontin, Lyrica or Cymbalta. Unfortunately, these medications affect all nerves, not just the ones affected by neuropathy, and they only mask the symptoms. They also tend to lose their effectiveness over time, causing you to take more and more.

Peripheral refers to the hands or feet and Neuropathy literally means nerve damage.

There are numerous causes for neuropathy, ranging from diabetes to chemotherapy treatment and nerve compression syndromes. Most cases are diagnosed as idiopathic, meaning that the cause is unknown. Fortunately, recent advances in treatment are offering relief even for idiopathic peripheral neuropathy sufferers.

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Major Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Burning pain in hands or feet
  • Cramping in lower legs
  • Sensitive skin
  • Leg/foot or arm/hand pain
  • Prickly or tingling feeling
  • Electrical shock-like pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Impaired balance
  • Increasing fall risk
  • Disrupted sleep due to pain or muscle cramping
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • In many cases, initially the symptoms are mild, but progressively worsen and move from the toes to the feet, then legs and can even affect the hands

Peripheral Neuropathy – More Detail

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where the nerves that connect our central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to our extremities have been damaged. Peripheral nerves carry more than just pain messages.

Other nerve fibers carry information about temperature, pressure and proprioception (localization of a body part). This is why a neuropathy sufferer may have burning, freezing or throbbing sensations. They often find it difficult to walk, go up and down stairs and maintain their balance.

Falling is a serious risk for neuropathy sufferers. Many are miserable because of the chronic symptoms they experience, the loss of sleep and the overall impact on their quality of life.

There are numerous causes for peripheral neuropathy ranging from diabetes to statin medication use. Most cases are diagnosed as idiopathic, meaning that the cause is unknown.

Common Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Diabetes Type 1 or 2
  • Statin Drugs (such as Lipitor)
  • Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
  • Nerve Compression due to Disc Protrusion or Stenosis
  • Chemotherapy Treatment
  • Vascular Compromise
  • Metabolic Syndromes such as Thyroid Imbalances
  • Nutritional Deficiencies like low B12, Folic Acid or Minerals
  • Heredity/Genetic Abnormalities
  • Auto-immunity due to Food Sensitivities
  • Anemia
  • Impaired Gut or Liver or Kidney Function
  • Breakthrough Treatments

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Our Unique Approach to Neuropathy Treatment

Providing that the damage is not too severe, the goal of treatment is to create an environment that allows the nerves to regenerate. Stated simply, our nerves need fuel and activation to repair. The fuel is oxygen and glucose; activation is use.

To get oxygen to nerves we need to breathe properly and have healthy vascular function. Many peripheral neuropathy sufferers have blood sugar dysregulation. If indicated this can be addressed by our nutritional therapist. Activation means that the nerves have to be used. You’ve heard the saying “use it or lose it.” Just like a muscle has to be exercised to work well, nerves have to be used to work well.

The neurologic treatment breakthroughs we use to treat peripheral neuropathy are specifically designed to activate the nerve fibers and receptors that are damaged and need to be rejuvenated. As a multidisciplinary practice, we provide comprehensive treatment for neuropathy including the following five therapies:

  • Class IV Laser Therapy
  • Infrared Therapy
  • Functional Neurologic Treatment
  • Whole Body Vibration Therapy
  • Nutritional Supplementation
  • HakoMed-Horizontal Electrical Therapy
  • PEMF-Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Can these treatments help you?

As you can tell from this report, peripheral neuropathy can be a complex condition both to diagnose and to treat. Now there are safe and effective treatments as an alternative to just medicating over the symptoms. These treatments are designed to rejuvenate and rebuild damaged malfunctioning nerves so they can work properly, and you can regain your quality of life. The only way to determine whether or not these neurologic treatments are appropriate for you is to accurately diagnose your condition.

One of the keys to successful treatment is to determine which nerve fibers or receptors have been damaged and how severely. To do this we use an expanded version of the Toronto Clinical Scoring System in addition to a detailed history and a comprehensive examination. To determine whether or not these breakthroughs in treatment can help you, we invite you to call us and schedule a complimentary consultation.

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