Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a nerve disorder that affects the brain. Specifically, it affects the communication between the nerve network in the brain and parts of the body, usually starting with the hands and feet.
What do peripheral nerves do?
The peripheral nerves carry messages from the body to the brain, signaling heat, chill or pain to which the brain can reply with a response signal and send the necessary support. When these communication pathways are inactive, signals cannot get to the brain for help, nor can proper functioning be actualized in the body part in need.
Not all cases of PN are the same.
Peripheral neuropathy varies from subtle to severe. Depending on the extent of damage to the nerve(s), neuropathy might manifest as acute, meaning the symptoms come on suddenly and escalate quickly. In cases where the nerves are not as severely damaged, the neuropathy is considered chronic, and symptoms reach their devastating potential over a period of time.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy:
- Burning sensation
- Hand/feet numbness or pain
- Electric sensation or pain
- Pain when walking
- Legs cramping
- Difficulty sleeping due to leg or foot discomfort
- Weakening muscles
- Poor balance
- Prickling sensation in hands and feet
Most patients with PN observe symptoms first in the hands and feet, but if left untreated, the effects of PN travel to the fingers, arms, and legs.
What are the causes of peripheral neuropathy?
A number of causes are attributed to PN. Amongst the most common are:
- Drug use
- Kidney failure
- Vitamin deficiency
Can PN be treated?
In many cases, peripheral neuropathy can be treated, sometimes eliminating the associated pain and inflammation entirely. Patients can also work with our chiropractors to prevent PN from developing. Candidates for preventative PN care might include patients with diabetes or previous kidney problems.
How does BackFit Health + Spine treat PN?
Before understanding treatments, it’s necessary to understand that there are different types of nerves that can be affected by PN: sensory, motor and autonomic.
The chiropractor will perform an assessment to determine which nerves are unresponsive or sending misinformed signals. All symptoms, family medical history details and work/lifestyle habits will be thoroughly reviewed during patient analysis. A range of tests are then given to better comprehend the level of pain.
Once the chiropractor has a comprehensive understanding of your case of PN, including cause and severity, a specific treatment plan will be developed to alleviate the pain and hopefully eliminate the cause of the PN.
At BackFit Health + Spine, we use Combine Electro-Chemical Treatment (CET), an innovative protocol that treats PN pain. CET focuses directly on the underlying cause, stimulating nerve growth to lessen or rid the pain and inflammation causing distress in the body.
CET is performed in two types of procedures: Electric Signal Therapy (EST) and nerve block.
In EST, a wave generator sends specific wave signals to the affected areas. EST is reserved for severe neuromuscular pain and PN.
A nerve block is performed before EST, preparing the patient for the treatment. A local anesthetic relieves the immediate pain, improves blood flow to targeted areas and reduces active nerve capacity during EST.
If you think you might be experiencing symptoms of PN, schedule an appointment with BackFit Health + Spine immediately. Our chiropractors will administer the proper assessment, and if you appear to be suffering from PN, we can get you started you on the appropriate peripheral neuropathy treatment. Peripheral neuropathy is a serious malfunctioning of the body, and it’s one that we are fighting back against, one patient at a time.