Palm Beach Health Center

November 10, 2022

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the intricate network of nerves that connects the brain and spinal cord to the skin, muscles, internal organs, and other regions of the body.

Twenty million people are thought to be affected by peripheral neuropathy. The symptoms can be moderate to more severe from person to person, and it is frequently quite painful and challenging to treat.

How Does Neuropathy Present?

The peripheral nervous system carries information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy is a result of injury to certain peripheral nerves.

Patients with peripheral neuropathy may experience tingling, burning, stabbing, or numbness in the affected areas. Others report feeling sensations like "pins and needles.”

While some peripheral neuropathies develop gradually over months or even years, others do so more quickly and may worsen over time. Depending on the type of nerve or nerves impacted and the underlying cause, the course of your condition and how your symptoms appear can vary.

What Causes Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage caused by any number of ailments or conditions. The cause can be different for each person, and it is important to identify it in order to help the nerves heal properly.

Some typical causes can be poor blood flow to the nerves, toxic levels of sugar in the blood as with diabetes, chronic infections, pesticide exposure, or genetic variants to name a few.

Other root causes can include:

• Alcoholism

• Certain medications

• Diabetes

• Certain types of cancer and chemotherapy

• Physical injury

• Vitamin deficiency and poor nutrition

• Autoimmune diseases that attack the nerves mistakenly

• Diseases of the kidneys and thyroid glands

• Shingles, Lyme disease, AIDS, and other infections

What is the Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy?

The good news is that there are options that don’t involve medication. Just like with most conditions, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a great place to begin. It’s important to eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, avoid exposure to toxins, get daily exercise or movement, and to avoid alcohol consumption and smoking for a general approach.

Chiropractic care targets the root causes of symptoms, making it an essential part of the treatment program for peripheral neuropathy. In fact, peripheral nerve healing through chiropractic treatment is extensively established in scientific studies.

The most important step is to identify and address the unique cause of the nerve damage. The nerves' capacity to recover is maximized when the root cause of the neuropathy is identified, and appropriate treatment is administered. Optimizing healing will come with the goals of increase blood flow to the nerves, stimulating the nerves that are damaged, and decreasing brain-based pain.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Peripheral neuropathy can be severe enough to be debilitating when the root cause is unaddressed. Our team at Palm Beach Health Center can provide immediate and long-lasting relief, and we are ready to help you reclaim your health. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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