Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy

PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY
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ARTICLE SELECTIONS:

INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY?
CAUSES
WHO IS AT RISK
TRADITONAL TREATMENTS
WHY TRY PHYSICAL THERAPY FIRST
PATIENT COMMENTS
DOCTOR’S COMMENTS

INTRODUCTION

Peripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe disorders of your peripheral nervous system. Your peripheral nervous system includes nerves in your face, arms, legs, torso, and some nerves in your skull. In fact, all of your nerves not located in your central nervous system — which includes the brain and the spinal cord — are peripheral nerves.

WHAT IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY?

Peripheral neuropathy isn’t a single disease, but rather a syndrome with many causes. Peripheral neuropathy is a degenerative state of the peripheral nerves in which motor, sensory, or vasomotor nerve fibers may be affected and which is marked by muscle weakness and atrophy, pain, and numbness. Your peripheral nerves provide communication between your brain and your muscles, skin, internal organs and blood vessels. When damaged, your nerves can’t communicate properly, and that miscommunication causes symptoms previously stated. Damage to a peripheral nerve can interfere with the communication between the area it serves and your brain, affecting your ability to move certain muscles or feel normal sensations.

CAUSES

Unfortunately, peripheral nerves are fragile and easily damaged.

A number of factors can cause neuropathies. When a single nerve is affected, the most likely cause is trauma or some type of repetitive use that puts pressure on the nerve. Nerve pressure can result from using a cast or crutches, spending a long time in an unnatural position — such as typing at a computer keyboard — or having a tumor or abnormal bone growth. When damage occurs to several nerves, the cause frequently is diabetes. At least half of all people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy. Other common causes include alcoholism, HIV/AIDS, inherited disorders, amyloidosis and a deficiency of certain vitamins, especially B vitamins.

WHO IS AT RISK?

Peripheral neuropathy often affects people with diabetes and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Certain vitamin deficiencies, some medications and alcoholism can also damage peripheral nerves.

TRADITIONAL TREATMENTS
The goal of treatment is to manage the underlying condition causing your neuropathy and repair damage, as well as provide relief for the symptoms.

Controlling a chronic condition may not eliminate your neuropathy, but it can play a key role in managing it.

Treatment can involve more than one type. In some cases the treatment may focus on managing pain with medications, but most have side effects, especially if you take them for long periods of time. Research aimed at finding more effective treatments for peripheral neuropathy is ongoing. For example, researchers are looking at developing nerve growth factors to reproduce the chemicals that signal your body to repair small nerve fivers. Unfortunately, no medications can repair nerve damage yet, but the body can regenerate nerves if the offending substance is removed. Doctors are looking at drug free treatments and techniques to help with pain relief improvement.

WHY TRY PHYICAL THERAPY FIRST

Physical Therapy should always be your first choice in health care. It is non-invasive; drugs are not involved so patients experience no side effects, it aligns with traditional medicine and gives your body the chance to do what it was intended to do: heal itself. Physical Therapy also brings about pain relief without pain medicines and their side effects. Physical Therapy addresses and treats the underlying causes of the conditions not just the symptoms. Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition where there is damage to the nerves, this condition is not reversible but it can be treated to reduce the effects and relieve the symptoms of the damage by strengthening the supporting muscles and increase circulation which promotes healing and healthy tissue. Pain is often the worst symptom of Peripheral Neuropathy. The biggest advantage to Physical Therapy is that it helps reduce the level of pain in these patients.

PATIENT COMMENTS

I have juvenile diabetes for almost 50 years now.  I endure severe pain in my legs and feet due to complication from this disease.  Numerous procedures and surgeries have been performed and proved me with temporary relief.  My podiatrist prescribed Physiocare and Anodyne Therapy treatment for my condition.  To be honest I didn’t have a lot of hope, but after the third or fourth visit I actually felt my feet move instead of only seeing them move.  In two weeks I was walking longer distances with less pain.  Anodyne Therapy is nothing short of a miracle (for Peripheral Neuropathy).  I thank the entire staff at Physiocare for their care, concern and expertise.  It was a wonderful experience!
Jeanette P.

DOCTOR’S COMMENTS

“Physiocare does excellent hands on physical therapy and I recommend them without reservation.”
Irvine Mason, M.D., Diplomat – American Foard of Psychiatry & Neurology

“Physiocare rehabilitation has made a big difference in the lives of my patients. Their staff is professional , warm and always helpful in caring for their patients. I have never had a patient who was not completely satisfied with the rehabilitation at Physiocare.”
Michael D. Milstein, D.O. F.A.A.F.P., Internist

“My patients find that Physiocare provides prompt and successful relief to their pains and stiffness. I send most of my patients to Physiocare. I have found Physiocare to be the best physical therapy center in town.”
Daniel I. Nuchovich, M.D.

“ Since referring my patients to Physiocare I have found that for the first time my patients actually want to return to their clinic for therapy treatment. Never before have I seen so many of my patients complimenting a rehabilitation clinic. The Physiocare team truly performs the best therapy and they continually exceed my expectations.”
Irma V. Lopez, M.D. , Internist

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