A common condition, it is estimated that upwards of 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Although it can occur at any age, it is more common among older adults, and the annual cost to Medicare exceeds $3.5 billion.
How can you successfully treat my neuropathy?
If you suffer from a form of neuropathy, your chiropractor may wish to explore the options of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) or photobiostimulation, a form of laser therapy. Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy is proud to offer the Butler Spine Program, a breakthrough non-surgical treatment using the LCT 1000 Deep Tissue (Class IV) Laser and spinal decompression, to treat neuropathy.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a serious disorder of the Peripheral Nervous System, the network responsible for carrying signals from the central nervous system to the rest of the body. It is accompanied by a wide array of symptoms that depend on which specific peripheral nerves have been damaged, but may include:
- Pricking or tingling in feet or hands that may spread into legs or arms
- Muscle weakness or paralysis
- Dizziness or lightheadedness caused by changes in blood pressure
- Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, freezing or burning pain
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Lack of coordination and falling
- Heat intolerance and altered sweating
- Bowel, bladder, or digestive problems
- Sexual dysfunction
What causes neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a complication of several different medical conditions, but is most often seen in patients with diabetes. Other causes include physical trauma, infections, systemic diseases, autoimmune disorders, repetitive injury, metabolic problems, exposure to toxins, and genetic inheritance.