TREATMENT FOR PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY
- Burning-like pain
- Pain/numbness in your feet or hands
- Leg cramping
- Sharp electrical-like pain
- Pain when you walk
- Difficulty sleeping with leg & foot discomfort
- Prickling or tingling feelings of the feet or hands
- Poor Balance
- Muscle weakness
Symptoms can be classified into three broad categories according to the type of nerve that is damaged.
Sensory – these nerves transmit sensations such as pain or touch. Sensory nerve damage can cause a wide range of symptoms as these nerves have a broad array of functions.
There are two main types of nerves affected in this category:
- Large sensory nerve damage involves the ability to perceive touch or vibration and positional awareness. This type of damage often manifests itself through numbness in the hands and feet. It can also lead to difficulty with coordination in terms of balance, walking or other movement.
- Smaller sensory nerve damage involves the ability to feel pain or changes in temperature. The ability to feel pain comes in two opposite categories – the inability to register pain and extreme sensitivity to pain.
Motor nerves – nerves that control muscles used for walking.
- Muscle weakness and cramps are two of the most common symptoms of motor nerve damage.
Autonomic – these nerves help control unconscious activities such as breathing, digesting food or heart operation.
Diagnosis of Peripheral Neuropathy requires a comprehensive diagnostic protocol as the symptoms are so multi-faceted. A board-certified BackFit Health + Spine medical provider will review a patient’s current symptoms, family medical history, and other factors to determine if a patient is a candidate for treatment for peripheral neuropathy. The doctor will also perform a number of tests to determine the cause and the severity of the patient’s nerve damage. All results are worked into an overall diagnostic profile that you and your medical provider will carefully review before moving into the treatment phase, i.e. the phase of peripheral neuropathy treatment.
BackFit Health + Spine uses an innovative protocol to treat neuropathy pain called the Combined Electro-Chemical Treatment or CET. Unlike other treatments, which focus on oral medications or surgery, the CET focuses on the underlying cause of peripheral neuropathy by stimulating nerve regrowth to reduce and in some cases eliminate pain and inflammation entirely.
The CET incorporates two well-established procedures that have been combined into a protocol that is an effective treatment solution for diabetic and idiopathic neuropathies:
- A nerve block is performed with a local anesthetic. The nerve block relieves the immediate pain and limits nerve activity during the treatment that follows. It also works to improve blood flow to the affected areas.
- Electronic Signal Therapy (EST) – as delivered by a state of the art wave generator that has been specifically developed for the treatment of neuropathy and severe neuro-muscular pain.
If you feel you may benefit from CET, please contact us today for a consult with one of our medical providers.