The shooting pain, burning, and numbness of peripheral neuropathy can disrupt your sleep, keep you off your feet, and interfere with your ability to enjoy life with your family.
When patients with peripheral neuropathy see their family physicians, they may be prescribed heavy-duty drugs. The two most common Drugs prescribed are Gabapentin and Lyrica. Both of these medications are actually Anti-seizure medications designed to slow your brain down so patients “don’t feel” their painful feet. Other medications and treatments prescribed have immunosuppressive agents, or they might be advised to undergo invasive treatments like plasmapheresis—a blood purification procedure. But a more effective—and far less traumatic—approach to treatment is our Functional Neurology care based on Clinical Neuroscience. At Spine Care Chronic Conditions and Rehab Center in Seneca, SC, our doctors firmly believe in treating the underlying causes of nerve damage, instead of merely masking the symptoms.
What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy (pronounced per-if-err-ullner-op-ah-thy) is a type of chronic nerve damage. There are other types of neuropathy, but peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves in the limbs, feet, or hands. Most often, patients experience symptoms in the toes, feet, and sometimes the lower legs. The peripheral nervous system carries signals back and forth from the brain and spinal cord to the limbs. This lets you know when your feet are cold, and it helps you move these body parts. Damage to these nerves disrupts the body’s communication system, resulting in painful symptoms.
Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
One of the most common causes of nerve damage is diabetes. Unstable blood glucose levels can gradually inflict damage on the nerves and cause dysfunction. Other possible causes include:
Traumatic injury: Injuries from car crashes, sports accidents, falls, and surgical procedures such as back surgery. The injury may cause the nerves to be compressed, hyperextended, crushed, or completely severed.
Repetitive stress: Entrapment neuropathy occurs when the soft tissues become inflamed and swollen, exerting pressure on the nearby nerves. Misalignments of the spine due to repetitive stress can also compress nerves.
Toxic Exposure: Certain medications such as Chemotherapy or Statin drug use can cause Peripheral Neuropathy and cause nerve damage. Other agents such as heavy metal exposure or Agent Orange are also very neuro-toxic.
Idiopathic Neuropathy: If you have been told you have this it means in short your physician does not know why you have Neuropathy. Often times we find that these types of Neuropathy are Autoimmune in nature. There are thousands of different types of Autoimmune diseases and triggers.
Our Approach to Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment
- At Spine Care Chronic Conditions and Rehab Center, your patient experience will be unlike that of a conventional visit to the hospital. Our patients are pleasantly surprised to discover that Dr. Blundy takes his time to thoroughly evaluate health, personalize each treatment plan, and explain his findings and recommendations at length until the patient has a firm understanding of his or her health. Your treatment recommendations for peripheral neuropathy may include:
- Correction of nutritional deficiencies
- Rehabilitation and conditioning of physical structures
- Metabolic weight loss
- Vestibular nerve stimulation
- Spinal manipulation
Dr. Eric P. Blundy is the only Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Board Certified Integrative Medicine physician in the Upstate. He welcomes inquiries from new and current patients about his unique approach for treating peripheral neuropathy. Contact Spine Care Chronic Conditions and Rehab Center in Seneca, SC today to begin your journey to better wellness.