About Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves in our body are damaged or not working correctly.
Peripheral is a term meaning the most distal nerves (the nerves in your body, not including your spinal cord and brain) in our body including those in our arms and hands and legs and feet.
It is a disease of the peripheral nerves and can be caused by many different reasons. About 30% of peripheral neuropathy is caused by diabetes.
Symptoms of Neuropathy
Numbness / Burning pain
Sharp, electrical-like pain
Difficulty sleeping due to leg and foot discomfort
Pain when you walk
Prickling or tingling feelings of the hands and feet
A doctor should be able to diagnose peripheral neuropathy solely on a patient’s description of his/her symptoms and a simple neurological evaluation. Many people with peripheral neuropathy may not even have any symptoms. In this case, special nerve tests may be ordered such as an Electromyography (EMG) and/or Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) testing. The EMG or NCV are special muscle and nerve tests that determine whether you have peripheral neuropathy, the specific nerves involved and the severity of the peripheral neuropathy.
Treatment For Neuropathy
Treatment may vary depending on the diagnosis. Treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, acupuncture, massage therapy and possibly physical therapy. X-rays or an MRI may be necessary to determine the best care for your condition.
The Doctors of Chiropractic at ADIO Chiropractic Center can help you determine what is causing your pain and the best steps to alleviate your symptoms.