Everyone knows the old adage that declares "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This time-honored wisdom certainly makes sense. We wouldn't wait until we were riding on the wheel rim ...View Article
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Peripheral Neuropathy describes damage to the nerves that transmit information to and from your brain and spinal cord to every other part of your body. For example, your peripheral nerves tell you when your feet are cold or when your finger is burned. When these nerves are damaged, it’s like having static on a telephone line, and those messages are interrupted or distorted.
There are more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy may be either inherited or acquired. There are 3 broad categories for what causes Acquired Neuropathy:
1) Physical injury (trauma) is the most common cause. Injury or sudden trauma, such as from automobile accidents, falls, and sports-related activities, can cause nerves to be partially or completely severed, crushed, compressed, or stretched. Less dramatic traumas also can cause serious nerve damage. Broken or dislocated bones can exert damaging pressure on neighboring nerves, and slipped disks between vertebrae can compress nerve fibers where they emerge from the spinal cord. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), is a neuropathy caused by physical trauma.
2) Systemic diseases — disorders that affect the entire body —often cause peripheral neuropathy. Nerve tissues are highly vulnerable to damage from diseases that impair the body's ability to transform nutrients into energy, process waste products, or manufacture substances that make up living tissue. Systemic causes of neuropathy include (but are not limited to):
3) Infections and autoimmune disorders can cause peripheral neuropathy, including (but not limited to):
Many patients are on very strong prescription pain killers and anti-depressants. Not only can these become addictive, they only cover up the symptoms, not actually addressing the root cause of the problem. We find that many of these patients have been told to expect their condition to get progressively worse, and that there is no cure or long-term solution.
Instead of prescribing drugs that mask the pain, or treatments that block the distorted nerve signals, we use multiple tools to rebuild nerve pathways to get them communicating again and address the underlying cause of the pain. When the nerves are able to communicate properly, symptoms can be reduced and even eliminated.