Treating the Discomfort in Your Hands & Feet
What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy, often called peripheral neuropathy, is damage or dysfunction of one or more nerves that typically results in numbness,
tingling, muscle weakness and pain in the affected area. Neuropathies frequently start in your hands and feet, but other parts of your body can be affected too.
Peripheral Neuropathy indicates a problem within the peripheral nervous system.
Your peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves outside your brain and spinal cord.
Your brain and spinal cord make up your central nervous system.
Think of the two systems working together this way:
- Your central nervous system is the central station. It is the control center, the hub from which all trains come and go.
- Your peripheral nervous system are the tracks that connect to the central station.
- The tracks (the network of nerves) allow the trains (information signals) to travel to and from the central station (your brain and spinal cord).
Neuropathy results when nerve cells, called neurons, are damaged or destroyed. This disrupts the way the neurons communicate
with each other and with the brain. Neuropathy can affect one nerve (mononeuropathy) or nerve type, a
combination of nerves in a limited area, (multifocal neuropathy) or many peripheral nerves throughout the body (polyneuropathy).
Diabetes is a leading cause of neuropathy in the United States, although there are many other causes too, including injuries,
infections and kidney, liver, and vascular disorders. Some peripheral neuropathies develop slowly – over months to years –
while others develop more rapidly and continue to get worse. There are over 100 types of neuropathies and each type can develop differently.
If you have neuropathy, the most commonly described feelings are sensations of numbness, tingling (“pins and needles”),
and weakness in the area of the body affected. Other sensations include sharp, lightening-like pain; or a burning, throbbing or stabbing pain.
How We Treat Discomfort Caused By Neuropathy
Addressing the pain and other sensations begins by identifying the underlying cause of the neuropathy, such as diabetes or infections.
Next, our team will work to determine how much nerve damage has been sustained, leading to a recommended treatment plan for your condition.
Our treatment method utilizes a low-level light emitting diode (not to be confused with laser therapy).
This technology was created by NASA to assist in increasing blood flow. It also stimulates small fiber nerves and decreases brain-based pain.
The low-level light therapy is like watering a plant -- allowing the blood vessels to grow back around the peripheral nerves and provide
them with the proper nutrients to heal and repair. The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies
from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation.
If you would like to learn more about our Neuropathy Therapy service, call our clinic, or schedule an appointment today.