Most people think of chiropractic care as a solution to what is often broadly referred to as “back problems”. We tend to think of things like muscle strains or pulls, disc injuries, or alignment as reasons to seek chiropractic care. However, these are just a few of the issues that we can help treat. As experts in the spine and nervous system, we can help with a wide range of health conditions related to the spinal column and nerves. One of those conditions is peripheral neuropathy, which is a very common ailment for over 20 million people in the United States alone.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral Neuropathy is a category of conditions that affect the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system begins at the spine and spreads out into the body, all the way to end of the extremities. When the connection between the brain and the peripheral nerves is interrupted, it can lead to a variety of symptoms that can be very uncomfortable or painful. These symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning pain, loss of strength, cramping, stiffness, coldness and more. These conditions can be caused by diseases such as diabetes, injuries such as disc herniations or whiplash, vitamin deficiencies, medications, or from inflammation. Two of the more known peripheral neuropathies are carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica.
When to Get Help For Peripheral Neuropathy
Because the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can be considered mild, many people hesitate to get treatment or even recognize that there is a problem at all. But peripheral neuropathy can cause bigger problems if not treated in a timely manner. It can alter the function of your muscles permanently over time, cause certain sexual dysfunctions, or even lead to changes in urination and bowel movements. Seek attention from our chiropractic neurologist if you experience any of these symptoms consistently:
- Numbness or tingling sensations in your hands or feet
- Loss of strength in your hands
- Cramping in your hands, wrists, feet, and/or ankles
- Burning pain in your extremities
- Constant sensations of coldness in your extremities, even when the temperature is normal
- Any consistent sensation in your extremities that didn’t exist before or is abnormal
How We Treat Peripheral Neuropathy
Just as chiropractic care treats more conditions than muscle aches and pains, we also have many more treatment methods than typical spinal adjustments. We treat peripheral neuropathy with a comprehensive plan to improve the patient’s overall health. One of the first treatments we may work with neuropathy patients on is lifestyle and diet modifications. Since some neuropathies are caused by diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions, adopting a healthier lifestyle can provide quick relief to certain symptoms. However, we don’t stop there in getting your back to feeling like yourself.
Another therapy we can use is infrared laser therapy, which can help heal tissue and & promote oxygenation, blood flow and cellular energy production. Nerve ReBuilder Therapy is another option, where we send small electrical signals to your muscles and nerves. This can help to stabilize and heal injured nerves and strengthen muscles. More traditional chiropractic treatments such as mechanical traction, spinal decompression, soft tissue mobilization, and chiropractic manipulation are also very useful in reducing inflammation and relieving pain associated with peripheral neuropathy.
Neurolink Chiropractic Treats The Whole Patient
At Neurolink Chiropractic, we focus on a comprehensive plan and approach to not only treat pain and discomfort caused by peripheral neuropathy, but also to help heal the injury. We use natural, non-invasive therapies that can help you feel better and get you back to enjoying your life. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation to get started!