Neuropathy

Neuropathy – also called peripheral neuropathy – refers to any disease that affects the normal activity of the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves that connects the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – with the rest of the body.

The peripheral nervous system consists of three types of nerves, each of which plays an important role in keeping your body healthy and functioning properly.

  • Sensory nerves carry messages from your senses through your spinal cord to your brain. For example, they tell your brain that you are touching something hot.
  • Motor nerves travel in the opposite direction. They carry messages from the brain to the muscles. They tell your muscles to push you away from the hot surface.
  • Autonomic nerves are responsible for controlling bodily functions that occur outside of our control, such as breathing, digestion, heart rate, and blood pressure.

Neuropathy occurs when nerve cells, or neurons, are damaged or destroyed. This distorts the way neurons communicate with each other and with the brain. Neuropathy can affect one nerve or type of nerve, or a combination of nerves.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

The symptoms of neuropathy vary depending on the type and location of the affected nerves. Symptoms can appear suddenly, called acute neuropathy, or develop slowly over time, called chronic neuropathy.

symptoms


Common symptoms of sensory neuropathy:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness, especially in the hands and feet
  • Changes in sensation – Some people feel severe pain, especially at night, and               others cannot feel pain, pressure, temperature, or touch.
  • Loss of coordination (balance)
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Burning sensation
  • Feeling that you are wearing socks or gloves when you are not.


Can neuropathy be treated?

The answer is yes. The goals of treatment are to control the condition causing the neuropathy and relieve symptoms. For that, we need to know what is causing the nerve damage and how severe the nerve damage is.

Part of the treatment for Neuropathy is;

  • Electrical therapy
  • Infrared therapy; (Low-Level Light Therapy)
  • Supplements
  • Clinic Visits

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