Neuropathies

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a general medical term for sick or dysfunctional nerves. Nerves are like electrical wires within our body that carry information to and from our brains to sense our environment and move our extremities. Just like electrical wires, our nerves have an outer lining, the myelin, and an inner core, the axon. The nerves also have blood vessels that deliver nutrients and remove toxins. Within the neurons, there is also an inner “microtubule” network that moves important nutrients and chemicals throughout the course of the nerve. Specialized cells known as Schwann Cells live within and around nerves, they that function as the maintenance crew. In neuropathy, anyone of the above can become disrupted causing sick and dysfunctional nerves. Patients then experience the dreadful symptoms of neuropathy such as pain, burning, pins & needles, cramping, numbness, weakness, heaviness and loss of balance.

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What causes Neuropathy?

Neuropathy can be caused my mechanical forces such as compression, friction or a stretch. Nerves can become severed or cut during traumatic injuries or surgeries. Neuropathy can also be caused by metabolic factors such as elevated blood sugar, abnormal thyroid function or lack of nutrients such as B vitamins. Toxins such as alcohol and some medications can contribute to damage of the nerves as well. Often, there are multiple factors that contribute to the development of neuropathy. For example, patients with diabetes or B vitamin deficiencies are more likely to experience nerve damage from mild compression within the carpal tunnel because their nerves are already dysfunctional and vulnerable.

How to Treat Neuropathy?

The best way to treat dysfunctional nerves is to stimulate a healing and regeneration and support it with proper nutrition, exercise and elimination of toxins. Injections with Dextrose and/or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) around the nerves along with Low Level Laser Therapy can stimulate nerve regeneration, decrease pain and improve function. Physical therapy and nutritional counseling support the healing process while body and mind regain health and vitality.

 

Some of the conditions that can benefit from comprehensive team approach @ Integrative Rehab Medicine:

  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Chemotherapy Neuropathy
  • Toxic Neuropathy (alcohol, medications, ..)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Foot Drop
  • Nerve Injuries
  • and more