A New Option For Neuropathy
DR. Michael Dorn, D.C.
The term is used to refer, not to a single condition, but rather to a collection of symptoms that are indicative of damage to the PNS. Damage to the Peripheral Nervous System is commonly the result of diabetes but may have an assortment of other causes such as chemotherapy. It can also be caused by radiculopathy in the neck (the cervical spine) which leads to damage affecting the shoulder and arm (in cases of Peripheral Neuropathy affecting the hands).
Symptoms include numbness or tingling, burning or ‘prickling’ in the peripheral areas of the body, a high sensitivity to touch, and pain. Other symptoms can include muscle weakness, decreased organ function, paralysis – and difficulty in urination, as well as impairment of sexual function.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 20 million people in the United States have some form of neuropathy. However, this figure may drastically underestimate the real number as the condition is underreported due to sufferers not being tested and shortcomings of existing tests.
Those seeking a non-invasive treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy should contact us today. We are specialists and can assist in reducing the levels of pain associated with neuropathy, as well as improving the range of motion in various joints. An appropriately licensed and skilled chiropractor can also suggest strategies to relieve pressure on peripheral nerves in order to encourage healing, without adversely affecting other parts of the body which may be the case when pain relief is provided by traditional painkillers.
The increasingly problematic administration of opiates to control levels of pain is one of the major reasons that neuropathy sufferers visit a chiropractor. These drugs can have a host of side effects, not least of these, dependencies or addiction. In fact, the abuse of opiates has been labeled as an ‘epidemic’ in the United States.
We will employ a variety of diagnostic approaches and treatment options that can offer relief from the pain caused by neuropathy. Identification of the root cause of the pain is essential and the chiropractor will typically employ tools such as nerve conduction testing or diagnostic testing using EMG technology to identify the root causes of the pain.
Thereafter a number of strategies will be used to lessen pain. These may include spinal cord adjustment and craniosacral work. Physical therapy is another approach that can improve the range of motion of the hand and help to control pain. We will also take a ‘whole body’ approach and may provide nutritional and lifestyle guidance in addition to other therapies.
If you or someone that you know is suffering from the pain and the decreased quality of life that can be the result of neuropathy, contact Whole Body Healthcare as a matter of urgency – a simple initial consultation can open a path to a more rewarding, pain-free, and fulfilling lifestyle.
There is no cure for peripheral neuropathy, but proper treatment will slow progression and address your symptoms.
Pricking and tingling, pins and needles, numbness, and less of an ability to feel pain or changes in temperature, particularly in your feet.
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