Your peripheral nerves are the ones outside of the brain and spinal cord. Their job is to carry information between the brain and body, which is what allows your various bodily parts to function and gives you your ability to move your various muscles. Like any other part of the body, the peripheral nerves can cause problems if they’re damaged. If Dr. Rozenberg finds a problem with the peripheral nerves, she’ll quickly create a treatment plan for relieving the pain and reversing the damage. Get in touch with her today to schedule a consultation.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy refers to any situation where the peripheral nerves have been damaged in any way, causing weakness, numbing, and pain in various parts of the body. This damage can be the result of an injury, of course, but it might also be the ultimate result of an infection, metabolic problems, and exposure to toxins. There are even some potential causes of peripheral neuropathy that can be passed down from parent to child, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Diabetes is a particularly common cause, with more than half of all people with diabetes eventually suffering from some type of neuropathy.
If you don’t address your peripheral neuropathy, you might experience the following complications:
Parts of your body may not register temperature changes or pain anymore, which can put you at risk for burns and skin trauma.
Areas that have become numb may be injured without you realizing it, and as a result, infections that would otherwise have been preventable might occur.
You may find yourself losing your balance and falling down more often.
What are the Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?
The symptoms you experience during peripheral neuropathy largely depends on exactly which nerves were damaged. That said, potential warning signs often include the following:
Hands and feet gradually becoming numb or overcome with a prickling or tingling sensation that spreads to the legs and arms.
A recurring sharp, jabbing, throbbing, or burning pain in a specific area.
Parts of the body becoming very sensitive to touch.
Unusual pain that normally shouldn’t occur, such as having your feet hurt every time you stand up and put pressure on them.
An overall lack of coordination and a tendency to fall down more often.
An odd sensation as if you’re wearing gloves or socks.
Paralysis in specific areas of the body depending on which motor nerves are affected.
How Can Peripheral Neuropathy Be Treated?
Once peripheral neuropathy has been diagnosed, a proper form of treatment will be recommended depending on the root cause of the condition. At the Spine and Disc Center, the following drug-free, surgery-free techniques are available:
Electroanalgesia by Neuromed: Electroanalgesia involves delivering electrical stimulation to the peripheral nerves. However, the electrical energy will be set at a high frequency that actually blocks the affected nerves from sending pain signals to the brain, thus providing relief from your chronic discomfort. Electroanalgesia also helps the nerves heal thanks to the effect it has on the nerve cells. This treatment has a very high success rate and tends to yield lasting results.
MLS Cutting Edge Laser: MLS is short for “Multi-Wave Locked System.” It’s a special kind of laser therapy designed for addressing peripheral neuropathy. Two wavelengths of laser energy are combined and aimed at the area where nerve damage has occurred. This helps stop the pain, accelerates tissue repair and cell growth to improve healing, and helps improve the function of the damaged nerves.
Neurolight: Neurolight is a device that uses light therapy to soothe your neuropathic pain. It will normally be designed for either your foot or your hand depending on the location of the damage. Once the device is activated, it emits infrared and red lights that penetrate deeply into the muscles in nerves. The cells absorb the energy, becoming more active and increasing blood flow to the area. This is useful for supporting cell regeneration and reducing inflammation of the injury.
Your treatment plan will be designed specifically for you following a consultation. Be sure to let Dr. Rozenberg know if you have questions.