Greenville Peripheral Neuropathy: An Overview
What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that is often misdiagnosed or sometimes, it is never diagnosed at all. However, it affects between ten to twenty million Americans. The main symptoms are numbness or burning pains, leg cramps, lack of sleep due to leg and foot discomfort, and pain when you walk. The sharp, electric like pains can feel like they are running down your legs. It can also sometimes leave the person with tingling fingers or toes. If these symptoms sounds like some of the problems you are experiencing then you may have peripheral neuropathy. Many patients in the past have been left to suffer from the foot and leg pains associated with peripheral neuropathy. This disease of the nerves can be caused by numerous reasons. Even if you are not diabetic, you can still suffer from problems of peripheral neuropathy. Only a mere thirty percent of the people with peripheral neuropathy also have diabetes. Many of the treatment methods for this nerve disease before now were oral medications, which often times masks the problems of the disorder. Our treatments at Greenville Chiropractic, are a combination of pain management options and other chiropractic aids in healing. The effects of our treatment can be felt after the first visit. Our physicians will also provide a proper diagnosis when you come in for the first time. We will help you get the peripheral neuropathy relief you are looking for.
Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
There are twenty-one million Americans that are affected by peripheral neuropathy — a condition where the nerves in our bodies are damaged and not functioning correctly. Peripheral is a term that is used to mean most distal. For instance, our distal nerves are those in our feet and hands. Polyneuropathy is a neuropathy pattern where the nerve damage starts in the feet and then moves into the calves, and sometimes into the fingers and hands. Sometimes the symptoms may not be apparent. Symptoms may also differ in intensity from patient to patient, but all patients usually describe neuropathy to be somewhat painful.
While each and every person’s experience with peripheral neuropathy is unique, there are however some similar signs and symptoms that most dealing with the nerve disease share. The symptoms start in the feet and gradually move up the calves and then to the knees. This is known as the stocking pattern. It is unpredictable how each individual’s symptoms will spread. Some patients only experience pain in their feet and toes, others the progression to the calves occurs in a mere month. The pain experienced by those dealing with neuropathy is usually described as burning, tingling, sharp, itchy, throbbing, deep-aching, electric, and pins and needles. Those dealing with this nerve disease often experience unpleasant and irritating sensations, such as a buzzing, or itching feeling. This symptom is known as Allodynia. As patients symptoms progress they may find it more and more difficult to walk. Some patients deal with constant pain throughout all hours, others only have noticeable pain around bedtime. Patients that have trouble sleeping due to peripheral neuropathy may also develop Restless Leg Syndrome. Some patients suffer from insomnia or difficulty sleeping. When dealing with all the chronic pain that comes along with peripheral neuropathy, some patients mention dealing with depression. Patients can lose or have trouble with their sense of balance and have a difficult time positioning themselves.
Usually a doctor should be able to diagnose peripheral neuropathy solely on the patient’s explanation of their symptoms and a basic neurological exam. Many individuals with peripheral neuropathy may not have any symptoms, and in this case a doctor may requests special nerve tests, electromyography (EMG), and or a Nerve Conduction Velocity testing (NVC). The NCV or EMG are both special muscle and nerve medical tests that determine if you have peripheral neuropathy, the exact nerves involved, and the severity level of your peripheral neuropathy.
According the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), peripheral neuropathy of the legs and arms is the second most common ailment treated by chiropractors. When the vertebral joints of the spine degenerate (a common factor of aging) it can push onto the roots of the spinal nerves. The classic symptoms associated with neuropathy occur due to this pressure on the nerves. Chiropractors are professionally trained to relieve this joint pressure. Chiropractors perform spinal adjustments to bring your vertebrae back into its natural alignment, and releases trapped or pressured nerves. Some chiropractors use the Active Release Technique (ART) that is used to help release nerves that may have been impinged by the connective tissue.
Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment
Chiropractic services are safe, gentle and drug free treatments that can be very effective in dealing with many cases of peripheral neuropathy. The field of chiropractic medicine continues to change and at Greenville Chiropractic, we use top notch chiropractic care in combination with spinal rehabilitative exercises for pain management and relief. We work by first relieving the tension and inflammation of your delicate spinal nerves. One of our experienced chiropractors can evaluate your specific ailment and recommend a treatment solution to help you get the relief you need from your peripheral neuropathy. At Greenville Chiropractic, our treatments are extremely convenient and our office visits are prompt. Whether you are seeking peripheral neuropathy relief, short-term relief from an accident, or rehabilitative services, our office can help. Greenville Chiropractic has a friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff that are ready to help you get some relief. Call our office today to set up an appointment and begin your recovery.