Peripheral neuropathy is a medical condition in which the peripheral nerves—that is, the nerves that relay information to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body—are damaged. This is a serious disorder that produces a number of worrisome symptoms and could have a significant impact on quality of life. At Chiropractic Medical Center, our healthcare professionals offer several treatment plans to relieve the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy and improve our patients’ overall wellbeing.
Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by illness, exposure to toxins, cancer therapy drugs, vitamin deficiencies, and alcoholism. The most common cause of this condition is diabetes, due to the toxic effects that high blood sugar has on the nervous system.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy generally affect the arms and legs, and include the following:
- muscle weakness;
- burning; and
- loss of sensation.
To determine if peripheral neuropathy is causing these symptoms, a member of our team will conduct a physical exam and run a diagnostic assessment known as nerve conduction velocity (NCV) testing. This test evaluates how the nerve functions and identifies the source of the problem. Next, he or she will develop an appropriate treatment plan.
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