Peripheral neuropathy (“neuropathy”) occurs when the nerves in the peripheral nervous system (outside of the brain and spinal cord) sustain damage and are unable to function properly. As a result, people experience pain, weakness, tingling, numbness — typically starting in the hands and feet. Neuropathy can also affect whole body systems, like digestion and urination, making it difficult to carry out daily activities.
What causes neuropathy?
Many conditions can damage peripheral nerves or their surrounding protective layer, such as:
- Medications (especially chemotherapy)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Bone marrow disorders
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Thyroid disease
How is treated?
Because there is no cure for neuropathy, prevention remains the best treatment. Prevention strategies include maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing underlying chronic conditions, as many of them can lead to nerve damage.
Neuropathy treatment differs based on severity of the condition, as well as other complications that may have developed. This complex condition requires dedicated attention to each person and their individual needs. Possible treatment options include chiropractic care, physical rehabilitation, neuromuscular stimulation, injections, and cold laser therapy.
The healthcare providers at Blue Diamond Physical Medicine understand that neuropathy is an incredibly frustrating condition that can seriously impact mental health. Our providers strive to create a treatment plan that addresses both neuropathic symptoms and the underlying causes. Our goal is to get you feeling like yourself again with non-invasive, non-surgical therapeutic options that help reduce pain and other life-altering symptoms.