Silverdale Health & Injury Center, Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a medical condition wherein the nerves connecting our extremities to our brain and spinal cord have been damaged and are not working correctly.
Peripheral nerves carry pain messages and information about pressure and temperature. Individuals suffering from peripheral neuropathy may have freezing, throbbing, or burning sensations.
They often find it hard to maintain their balance or use the stairs, which makes falling a severe risk.
Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a life-impairing condition that most of us overlook until it is too late. These are the common signs of peripheral neuropathy that you should look out for:
- A tingling or prickly feeling
- Burning or freezing sensations
- Difficulty walking
- Disrupted sleep due to muscle cramping or pain
- Electric sensations
- Foot or leg pain
- Lack of balance
- Muscle fatigue and weakness
- Numbness and pain in the feet or hands
The symptoms may be mild at the start but will progress and worsen from the toes, feet, legs, and hands.
Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
Some neuropathy causes are idiopathic or unknown, while others include:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Genetic predisposition
- Infections and viruses
- Overconsumption of alcohol
- Prescription drugs
- Vitamin and mineral deficiency
- Sciatica, disc herniation, and physical compression
Another common cause of neuropathy that affects multiple nerves symmetrically is Type 2 Diabetes.
Silverdale Health & Injury Center's Approach to Treatment
The treatments offered at Silverdale Health & Injury Center are designed to revive lost nerve function without prescription medication that masks peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
Our doctors of chiropractic will conduct a thorough screening evaluation and require tests to rule out other medical conditions and identify the extent of nerve damage. They will layout a customized treatment plan, which includes the treatment methods, frequency, and cost.
The treatment sessions usually happen two to three times a week and lessen to once a week as the patient's condition improves. Each session lasts for 45 to 90 minutes.
In addition to clinical treatments, we also teach neuropathy patients to perform home exercises as part of their maintenance therapy, these include:
- Balance exercises
- Mechanical nerve stimulation
- Sensory-motor coordination
- Thermal contrast
In the initial treatment stage, we encourage patients to do their home care exercises twice every day for 15 to 20 minutes.
Patients who undergo treatment experience a reduction in their neuropathy symptoms in a matter of weeks. They also experience increased stamina, renewed strength, and improved balance, leading to a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Remember, you don't have to suffer from peripheral neuropathy for the rest of your life and wait for it to progress until it's too late. Get evaluated and see if you are the right candidate for painless, drug-free, and non-surgical neuropathy treatments.
Contact Silverdale Health & Injury Center at (360) 308-0250 today to learn more about peripheral neuropathy treatments and schedule an appointment.