Neuropathy, also known as nerve damage, or peripheral neuropathy, is not a term to describe a singular health problem but rather refers to a variety of conditions that lead to damage in the peripheral nerves. If you are experiencing tingling, numbness, or weakness in the hands, feet, arms, or legs, it may be time to schedule an appointment. At Innovative Medical Centers, our doctors are the authorities in the field of regenerative medicine to solve our patients neuropathy pain.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral Neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the peripheral nervous system, causing the a disruption to the lines of communication between the brain, spine, and nerves. Our nervous system is an intricately woven network that connects our brain to the spine, organs, skin, and muscles. When that communication is not properly working, abnormal sensations begin. At the first sign of symptoms, treatment should be sought out quickly. The earlier our doctors can provide a diagnosis, the better your chance we have of preventing further damage.
Symptoms often include:
- Numbness or tingling in extremities (hands/feet/arms/legs)
- Slowed reflexes
- Burning or Freezing
- Sensitivity to touch
- Muscle weakness
- Sharp pain
Autonomic Nerves (nerves that control organ function)
- loss of bladder control
- Changes in blood pressure
- Inability to sweat
- Lack of muscle control
- Gastrointestinal issues (constipation, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing)
There isn’t just one specific treatment for neuropathy. The key to getting proper treatment is understanding the root cause. Our doctors are top in the field or assessing your current condition and lifestyle following with a thorough health history. Once a thorough examination gives our doctors a clearer picture of your unique situation, a personalize treatment plan is created designed for your specific needs. Treatments often include one or a combination of the following:
- Regenerative medicine such as PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma
- Chiropractic adjustments (nearly ALL patients experiencing neuropathy in the feet have lower back issues)
- Trigger point injections
- Lifestyle adjustments such as medical weight loss
Causes of Neuropathy
It is estimated that over 20 million Americans deal with some form of neuropathy stemming from a variety of sources. The nerve damage that leads to peripheral neuropathy can be caused by a number of factors including:
- Autoimmune disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus etc)
- Diabetes (almost half of diabetes patients will develop peripheral neuropathy)
- Chemotherapy and other medications or cancer treatments
- Heavy metal/toxic chemical exposure
- Vitamin B & E deficiency
- Bone marrow, kidney, or liver disease
- Infections such as shingles, hepatitis C, Lyme disease, and other viral or bacterial infections
- Trauma caused by falls, car accidents, and sports related injuries
Peripheral neuropathy does not have to be something you have to deal with for life. There are natural treatment options available to help get you relief. Call Innovative Medical Centers today to schedule a consultation. Our doctors are using cutting edge procedures to find our patients the best treatment plan available for individual needs.