Whether your peripheral neuropathy symptoms are mild and intermittent or chronic and debilitating, Dr. Whetstone and Dr. Linkel of Allied Integrative Health & Wellness in Cleveland, Ohio, offer a full scope of drug-free treatment options. The team has helped countless sufferers regain a bounce in their step. If you’ve been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and are looking for drug-free relief, call the office or book a consultation online.
What is peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy, which affects an estimated 20 million Americans, is a painful condition resulting from damage to the nerves that deliver information from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. There are over a hundred types of peripheral neuropathy, each with its own specific symptoms. In general, peripheral neuropathies are categorized by the type of damage to the nerves.
What causes neuropathy?
Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy. Between 60-70% of diabetics develop neuropathy in their lifetime, according to the American Diabetes Association. Other causes are:
- Injury or sudden trauma
- Family history
- Advanced age
- Autoimmune diseases, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Neurological disorders
- Exposure to toxins
What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
There are a wide array of symptoms, which may occur over a period of days, weeks, or years, and may be acute or chronic. These include:
- Numbness or tingling, or a burning sensation in your feet and/or hands
- The sensation of wearing a tight glove or sock
- Weakness or a heavy feeling in the arms and legs
- The inability to hold items
- A shocking sensation
- Thinning of the skin
- Decreased blood pressure that can result in dizziness or lightheadedness
- An intolerance to heat, and/or an inability to sweat normally
- Painful cramps and fasciculations
How is peripheral neuropathy managed?
At Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, treatment is individualized and depends on the underlying cause of your neuropathy. The Allied team treats your whole body, not just the symptoms and often take a multi-modal approach. Your plan may include one or more of the following:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Massage therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Physical therapy
Lifestyle advice such as nutritional counseling and supplements, maintaining optimal weight, exercising, and limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption.