Peripheral Neuropathy

Physical Medicine & Wellness Center

Chiropractic & Physical Medicine located in Florence, KY

Peripheral neuropathy is a leading cause of chronic pain and affects about 20,000 people in the United States. Due to the chronic nature of the condition, neuropathy care at Physical Medicine & Wellness Center in Florence, Kentucky, can decrease your discomfort and improve your quality of life. Chiropractor Benton Dammel, DC offers conservative care to relieve peripheral neuropathy symptoms. Call or book a visit online today to learn more.

Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a neurological condition that causes irritation and damage to the peripheral nerves in your feet, legs, hands, and arms. Your peripheral nerves are responsible for sending signals to your brain about pain, temperature, pressure, and vibration. When these nerves are damaged, your brain can’t sense pain or protect you from injuries.

Signs of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands or feet
  • Sharp, shooting pain in the arms and legs
  • Weakness in the arms and legs
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Eventual loss of sensation in the hands or feet, if left untreated

Peripheral neuropathy can be dangerous since you can’t sense painful stimuli. You may also be unsteady on your feet, which can lead to tripping and falls.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

The leading cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. Both uncontrolled and controlled diabetes can cause damage to the nerves and blood vessels in your feet responsible for normal nerve and muscle function. Other causes of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Direct trauma
  • Infection
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Alcoholism
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Other neurological issues, including carpal tunnel syndrome

In rare cases, neuropathy may be an inherited or genetic disorder. In these cases, symptoms are typically present from birth or noticed at a young age.

How is peripheral neuropathy diagnosed?

To diagnose peripheral neuropathy, the team completes a consultation and physical exam. During your exam, your doctor checks your balance, flexibility, and muscle strength. You’ll also have your reflexes and nerve sensations tested, which may cause a brief tingling or ticklish sensation.

Your doctor also assesses other areas of concern, including your hips and lower back, to rule out other potential cause of nerves issues — like herniated discs or spinal stenosis. In some cases, you may need a nerve conduction test to assess the health of your nerves and the extent of damage to them.

How is peripheral neuropathy treated?

Treatment for peripheral neuropathy aims to relieve your pain and prevent or slow the damage to your peripheral nerves. Comprehensive care includes rehabilitation, electrical muscle stimulation, balance training, and chiropractic care.

The team also offers Celluma light therapy to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The NASA-inspired laser produces light waves that are absorbed by damaged tissues. Once absorbed, your tissues use the light energy to repair damage.

To get relief from neuropathy symptoms, call or book an appointment online at Physical Medicine & Wellness Center today.