Neuropathy is a common condition that is estimated to affect more than 20 million Americans. It is a term that is used to describe a problem with the nerves; usually the peripheral nerves. It is seen with a number of different underlying medical conditions, but it can also exist without the cause being possible to diagnose and will then be called ‘idiopathic.’ Approximately 30% of neuropathies are ‘idiopathic’ or of an unknown cause.
The problem that neuropathy causes depends on the type of nerves that are affected. If nerves that control sensation (sensory nerves) are affected, the individual will have tingling, pain, numbness or weakness in the feet and hands. When nerves control muscles (motor nerves) are affected, there can be weakness in the feet /hands or muscle cramping.
Some of the most common causes of neuropathy include conditions such as diabetes, B12 or folate vitamin deficiency, medications such as chemotherapy, poisons (toxins), cancers, alcohol excess, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, spinal degeneration and inflammatory conditions.
Neuropathy is typically diagnosed by the presenting symptoms, the patient’s overall health, family history, medication history, exposure to toxins, and alcohol consumption along with physical examination. Nerve conduction studies, electromyography, nerve or skin biopsy may also be done.
Treatments for neuropathy are primarily done to control the symptoms as well as to treat any underlying cause to prevent the condition from worsening. This is especially true for diabetics where addressing the blood sugars can prevent nerve damage. Traditional medical treatment is in the form of medications to control nerve pain.
The approach of RSC is unique in that we do not use medication to treat the condition. Patients will first have a thorough consultation with the doctor. A physical examination and x rays may be done to see if the individual is a candidate for the work that we do. We utilize the treatment approach that specifically will lessen the symptoms and address the underlying cause of the problem. This may include spinal decompression, a nerve stimulator, vibration and/or chiropractic adjustments.
The protocols we use have helped hundreds of people to lessen their pain and burning, improve sensation & balance, reduce medications and live happier and healthier lives. We look forward to seeing if we can help you too!