If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, you don’t need us to tell you how painful it can be, and how it can make even the smallest everyday tasks seem impossible. However, there is treatment available, which can drastically reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. The following is an overview of peripheral neuropathy and treatment options in Naples, FL.
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves outside of your brain and spinal cord—the peripheral nerves—are damaged somehow. Most often it causes weakness, pain and numbness in your hands and feet, but it can move farther into the limbs depending on severity.
The pain is often described as a tingling, stabbing or burning that starts in the extremities and radiates inward. You might also feel numbness, whether sudden or gradual. Many patients report extreme sensitivity to touch, muscle weakness and the sensation of feeling like you’re wearing gloves or socks even when you’re not.
The condition can also spread to your autonomic nerves, which control involuntary or semi-involuntary bodily functions like heart rate and bladder control. If these nerves are affected, you might notice that you have issues with sweat, digestion, dizziness or lightheadedness and heat intolerance.
This nerve condition can be caused by a number of other conditions, such as diabetes and other metabolic problems, infections, injuries and genetically inherited causes, such as autoimmune disorders. Kidney, thyroid and liver disease can also cause peripheral neuropathy.
If you have any of these conditions or issues and notice that you’re experiencing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, seek treatment as soon as possible. The faster you’re able to address the underlying cause of the pain and its symptoms, the more likely you will be able to find relief.
There are several types of alternative therapies for peripheral neuropathy, even if traditional medicine deems it untreatable. If you’re hesitant to take prescription painkillers, find them ineffective or want to explore other complementary options, Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology can help you determine a course of treatment that will help heal the underlying causes.
First, you can opt for chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment will help increase blood flow to the affected areas as well as stimulate the damaged nerves, which creates the appropriate environment for healing.
We also offer red LED and infrared light therapy and electrical stimulation, and will address your lifestyle habits. Low-level LED and infrared lights send painless pulses of light into the body, which is designed to release nitric oxide from the blood and dilates the blood vessels. In turn, this reduces swelling and increases your body’s circulation, taking the pressure off the nerves and allowing them to heal. Electrical stimulation is another gentle way to accomplish similar results.
Find out what chiropractic care and our state-of-the-art modalities can do to treat your peripheral neuropathy. Reach out to Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology today to schedule a consultation.