Neuropathy in Madison, OH
The chronic pain associated with neuropathy is caused by the improper function of nerves. Treatment for the condition relies on a proper diagnosis by a skilled and experienced chiropractor. French Chiropractic and Wellness Center specializes in treating and diagnosing neuropathy and serves the residents of Painesville, Mentor and surrounding communities in Ohio.
What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a neurological condition that involves damage to the peripheral nervous systems. The system plays an integral role in transmitting information from the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body. This condition explains why some people are unable to distinguish cold or hot temperatures when touching an object, putting people at risk for burn and other injuries.
Damage to the peripheral nervous system leads to miscommunication between the brain and spinal cord. This disturbs the messaging to other parts of the body. The messages shared between the brain and the rest of the body are disturbed.
Risks associated with the condition:
- Exposure to toxins
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic injuries
- Metabolic problems
- Diabetes-related complications
Signs And Symptoms Of Neuropathy
There are numerous signs and symptoms of neuropathy one can look for to detect possible nerve damage. A person may experience bouts of muscle weakness, as well as tingling or pricking sensations. Paralysis and glandular dysfunction are also common with the condition. Muscle weakness, abnormal blood pressure and digestion problems can even become an issue for those with peripheral neuropathy.
How Does Peripheral Neuropathy Happen?
Peripheral neuropathy can happen for a myriad of reasons ranging from traumatic injuries of infections. They can result from complications of a variety of chronic conditions. It happens within the longest nerves that extend into the toes. Depending on the nerves affected, the symptoms can differ among patients.
- Gradually built up numbness and tingling in hands, feet, arms, legs
- Burning pain throughout the body
- Sharp, jabbing pain that feels almost electric
- Extreme sensitivity to mild touch
- Improper coordination
- Muscle fatigue and paralysis
- Bowel and bladder problems
- Difficulty breathing
- Sweating problems
Common Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Trauma or pressure on the nerve: Nerve pressure can result from using a cast or crutches, spending a long time in an unnatural position, repeating a motion many times — such as typing at a computer keyboard — or having a tumor or abnormal bone growth. When peripheral neuropathy affects a single nerve, trauma or nerve pressure is the most likely cause.
- Diabetes: Damage to several nerves is most often an effect of diabetes. At least half of all people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.
- Vitamin deficiencies: B vitamins are particularly important to nerve health.
- Alcoholism: Many alcoholics develop peripheral neuropathy because they have poor dietary habits, leading to vitamin deficiencies.
- Autoimmune diseases: These include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
- Other diseases: Kidney disease, liver disease and an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) also can cause peripheral neuropathy. Patients with HIV/AIDS also are prone to develop peripheral neuropathy.
- Inherited disorders: Examples include Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and amyloid polyneuropathy.
- Exposure to poisons: These may include some toxic substances, such as heavy metals, and certain medications — especially those used to treat cancer.
How Is The Condition Diagnosed?
The clinical history of the patient is examined by healthcare professionals. The condition will be diagnosed through examination. Electrical and laboratory tests may be provided to those who are exhibiting these common clinical signs of neuropathy immediately following Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. These tests may be performed annually among patients officially diagnosed with diabetes. Physical examinations can also be explored to identify any problems with tendon reflexes, muscle strength and tone, certain sensations, posture and coordination.
What Is The Treatment For Neuropathy?
French Chiropractic and Wellness Center uses two forms of spinal decompression including flexion/distraction chiropractic tables, and a spinal decompression table delivering FDA-approved spinal decompression therapy. Manual adjustments by hand or assisted by an instrument are also employed for conservative treatment of neuropathy.
Chiropractic care focuses restoring proper segmental motion to dysfunctional vertebral regions. This ultimately improves function and flexibility and reduces pain, as pressure is removed from the nerve endings that line the joint’s surface. French Chiropractic and Wellness Center is Madison, Ohio’s leading treatment facility for chronic back pain sufferers. The therapy options provided target problem areas with precision and dramatically improve the quality of life for those with a better quality of life.
Isn’t it time you tried chiropractic care for you and your family? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of neuropathy, please contact our office now to schedule an appointment.