21 Aug Peripheral Neuropathy Doesn’t Have to Be Long-Lasting
Over 20 million people in the United States have peripheral neuropathy. This is a condition where nerve damage or defect causes various symptoms in a person’s body such as numbness, tingling, loss of movement, chronic pain and more. Some people will have neuropathy for life, whereas many others will only have it for a short time. No matter if you have a condition that is life-long or not, your peripheral neuropathy symptoms can be treated and don’t have to be long-lasting.
Do You Have Numbness?
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where one or more nerves have been damaged in the body. A single nerve can be damaged, a group of nerves, or separate nerves in different places in the body. This damage cuts off signals to the nerve, inhibiting movement and feeling. A major characterizing feature of peripheral neuropathy is numbness somewhere in the body. You may notice this as a slight loss of feeling that grows over time.
For example, some runners will have an injury to their metatarsal bone in the foot. This can lead to metatarsalgia, or inflammation that puts pressure on the nerves, causing parts of the foot to go numb. A different condition caused the neuropathy to set in. However, without that numbness, you may never have known something was wrong. In a way, neuropathy can be good because it can tell you where something in the body was injured.
However, it’s not good when patients go weeks, months and years with symptoms such as:
- Chronic pain
- Numbness and tingling that worsens and spreads
- Loss of range-of-motion
- Inflammation in the knees, legs, hands or anywhere in the body
- Fatigue, especially in the area where nerves have been damaged
- Weakness in the affected limb or surrounding areas
- Headaches and migraines
- Stiff neck muscles
- Foot and ankle pain
- Reduced blood flow to a limb
These types of symptoms can be incredibly disruptive to a person’s life and can interfere with work, home life, daily tasks, exercise and more.
Facts About Your Conditions
There is so much known and also unknown about peripheral neuropathy. That’s because there’s about 90 billion or more nerves throughout your entire body. Just one of those messing up or becoming damaged seems to cause problems in the body. What we know about neuropathy comes from statistics and from what we’ve seen work in patients. Here are some facts to know:
- Neuropathy usually stems from another chronic condition or from an injury.
- 30% of neuropathy cases are idiopathic, meaning there is no discernible cause for the nerve damage.
- Vitamin deficiencies (especially B12) can cause neuropathy symptoms to set in. Make sure you are taking a vitamin supplement if you have peripheral neuropathy and eat foods high in B12.
- There are more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy depending on where it is located in the body. It’s location is key to figuring out how to treat it in your body.
Reducing Your Time with Peripheral Neuropathy
Neuropathy is something that can be treated. As we mentioned, about 30% of cases are idiopathic. If we can’t figure out the reason for your neuropathy, it becomes much harder to treat it. However, you should still move forward with treatment, as treatment itself can help pinpoint the problem, or it can relieve your symptoms. Changing your diet can greatly affect how your nerves function, as they need nutrients to work properly. You may find that getting help with your diet can actually take away your symptoms.
We offer patients:
- Nutritional Assessments: We test your blood to see what nutrients you are deficient in so we know how to treat you and how to customize a diet plan for you. We also test the body using gentle electricity, which gives us a look at fat deposits and more in your body.
- Chiropractic Adjustments: If your body is misaligned, your peripheral neuropathy may be caused by a pinched nerve. Simply readjusting you can relieve the pressure on that nerve.
- Massage Therapy: This speeds up blood flow to an area, which brings more nutrients to an area of the body with damaged nerves. Stimulation of the tissues and nerves is key to keeping your feeling.
- Electrostimulation: This is another way to stimulate your nerves and tissues. Electrical impulses can fire up your nerves and can bring blood flow to an area. The more blood flow there is, the more healing your tissues can receive.
Neuropathy Doesn’t Have to Be Long-Lasting!
Over 20 million Americans have neuropathy that stays with them. However, with therapy, their symptoms can become very small, almost to the point of not noticing them. Other patients may experience complete relief of their neuropathy, especially if it was caused by an injury we can help heal. Treatment will vary from patient to patient. However, we know for a fact that your peripheral neuropathy doesn’t have to be long-lasting. Those who receive treatment can restore their nerve function and can even heal nerves. To have your consultation, call Mile High Spine & Pain Center today at (720) 507-0080!