Neuropathy Treatment Options
How is peripheral neuropathy diagnosed?
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are highly variable. A thorough neurological examination is required to sort out the cause of the symptoms along with a medical history and lifestyle review. Work environment, social habits, exposure to toxins, alcohol use, risk of infectious diseases, and a family history of neurological diseases could all be contributing factors. In addition, tests are usually performed to identify the cause of the neuropathy as well as the extent and type of nerve damage.
A physical examination and various tests may reveal the presence of a systemic disease causing the nerve damage. Tests of muscle strength, the ability to sense vibration, light touch, body position, temperature, and pain can reveal any sensory nerve damage and may indicate whether small or large sensory nerve fibers are affected.
Blood tests can detect diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, liver or kidney dysfunction, other metabolic disorders, and signs of abnormal immune system activity. More specialized tests may reveal other blood or cardiovascular diseases, connective tissue disorders.
Based on the results of the neurological exam, physical exam and patient history additional tests may be ordered to help determine the nature and extent of the neuropathy.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy
The first step in treating peripheral neuropathy is to address any contributing causes such as infection, toxin exposure, medication-related toxicity, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, or compression that can lead to neuropathy. Correcting an underlying condition often can result in the neuropathy resolving on its own as the nerves recover or regenerate.
Peripheral nerves have the ability to regenerate axons, as long as the nerve cell itself has not died, which may lead to functional recovery over time.
Maintaining Proper Blood Circulation is Critical
Good blood circulation is very important because blood transports oxygen, vital fluids and nutrients to the nerves.
Various treatment methods administered will help stimulate the blood vessels surrounding the peripheral nerves providing them with the proper nutrients to aid in the repair. It’s like adding water to a tree and seeing the roots grow deeper and deeper.
The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation. As long as you have not sustained at least 85% nerve damage there is hope!
By restoring circulation to the feet or hands, we can actually regenerate damaged nerve tissue. Even better is that these changes are maintained for the long term with the simple home therapies and nutritional protocols that you'll continue on your own.
Neuropathy is a progressive condition. Early treatment is critical.
Neuropathy is a progressive condition, meaning it tends to get worse with time. If left untreated for too long, the nerve damage can reach a point where there is simply nothing that can be done. This is why early detection and treatment of peripheral neuropathy is critical to getting the best results.
Peripheral Neuropathy Can Lead to Unnecessary Falls and Accidents
When Neuropathy causes numbness in the feet, the risk of falling is greater. Numbness decreases your sense of balance. Loss of balance and position sense can easily lead to a fall or car accident. Having improved feeling in your feet can not only help reduce the risk of amputation, it can also save your life. Stop taking avoidable risks!