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5 Solutions for Managing Peripheral Neuropathy Pain

If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates is dealing with chronic pain, there’s a good chance that peripheral neuropathy may play a role in your agony. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), about 20 million people in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy — a number that may be significantly higher due to underreporting and misdiagnosis.

 

Peripheral neuropathy can drastically impact your daily life and ability to work; it’s a leading cause of disability. If you’re dealing with this condition, you know how hard it can be to live with such chronic pain. Luckily, there are ways to manage peripheral neuropathy pain and regain some comfort. Use this blog as a guide to what peripheral neuropathy is and how it can be treated.

 

You don’t have to deal with the pain of peripheral neuropathy alone. The team at Physical Medicine & Wellness Center of Northern Kentucky can help. Benton Dammel, DC, and Timothy Sargent, DC, work with you to create an innovative and customizable treatment plan to treat your peripheral neuropathy and its symptoms. Dr. Dammel and Dr. Sargent are highly skilled chiropractors who practice comprehensive, evidence-based care to help their patients achieve lasting relief.

Peripheral neuropathy and the peripheral nerves

At the most basic level, peripheral neuropathy is the result of damage to the nerves — the peripheral nerves — outside of the brain and spinal cord. Peripheral nerves are responsible for sending signals to your brain from the rest of the body. 

 

NINDS classifies the nerve damage in three main ways:

 

 

Peripheral nerves are essential to your sense of touch and balance.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

The leading cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, with more than half of diabetics developing the condition. Other potential causes include the following:

 

 

Even with all these potential causes, doctors sometimes are unable to determine the root of the condition. These cases are referred to as idiopathic peripheral neuropathy.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy

The disrupted signals that are the calling card of peripheral neuropathy present in many ways. Symptoms typically affect the extremities and include:

 

 

Peripheral neuropathy is so disabling because it often makes it hard to work with your hands, walk, or sit for long periods of time.

Solutions for managing peripheral neuropathy pain

One of the most common treatments for this condition comes in the form of antidepressants, which ease pain by increasing the brain’s ability to inhibit incoming pain signals. At Physical Medicine & Wellness of Northern Kentucky, we work with you to create a comprehensive care plan that may include:

 

 

On the leading edge of technology, we offer NASA-inspired light therapy to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Light therapy uses absorbed energy to spur healing and repair damage.

 

If you’re dealing with pain from peripheral neuropathy, Physical Medicine & Wellness of Northern Kentucky can help you manage it. Call our Florence, Kentucky, office today or book your appointment online.

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