Peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves in our body are damaged or not working correctly. There are several different types of peripheral neuropathies and many different ways to categorize. The type of nerve damage may distinguish different peripheral neuropathies, as well as, the cause of the nerve damage, or the pattern of nerve damage.
Approximately 21 million Americans are affected by this condition. Although only 30% of it is caused by diabetes, diabetes still remains the leading cause of it.
Peripheral is a term used for the most distal nerves (the nerves in your body, aside from your spinal cord and brain, further down) in our body including those in our feet and hands.
It often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of your body. It is generally described as tingling or burning sensations. Many neuropathies result from nerve irritation or compression of nerve roots. It can result from traumatic injury, infections, metabolic disorders and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes.
Most often, a doctor should be able to diagnose solely on a patient’s description of his/her symptoms, and a simple neurological examination.
Many people may not have any symptoms of peripheral neuropathy; in this case a doctor may order special nerve test.
At our clinic, we mainly focus on conservative and holistic treatments that are the least invasive. Our treatments are successful in treating your acute (short term) and chronic (long term) pain.