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What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

The answer is all in the name of the condition:

Peripheral: Beyond – beyond the brain and the spinal cord

Neuro-: Related to the nerves

-pathy: Disease

Peripheral Neuropathy affects the nerves that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body when they are damaged or diseased.

The peripheral nerves make up a complex network that connects the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin, and internal organs. Peripheral nerves come out of the spinal cord and are arranged along lines in the body called dermatomes. In most cases, damage to a nerve will affect one or more dermatomes, which can be tracked to specific areas of the body. Neuropathy is a disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or weakness.  It is a progressive dying of a nerve.

What causes Peripheral Neuropathy?
Main causes of neuropathy include a metabolic disorder such as diabetes, physical trauma, exposure to toxins, infection and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).

What are the symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?
People with neuropathy do not always have symptoms, but may experience the following:
•    Sensory: numbness, over sensitivity, pins and needles, sensitivity to pain, or uncomfortable tingling and burning
•    Muscular: cramping, difficulty walking, muscle weakness, problems with coordination, or loss of muscle
•    Whole body: poor balance or weakness
•    Pain areas: in the back, face, foot, hands, or thigh
•    Pain types: can be burning and tingling or sharp
•    Also common: apprehension, blister, burning sensation, callus, slow reflexes, tingling feet, or tingling fingers

How can a Functional Neurologist help treat Peripheral Neuropathy?
Some of the regimens include specific chiropractic treatments or manipulation, dietary supplements, topical gels and creams, electro nerve stimulation (TENS) unit, vibration, and neuromuscular exercises designed for neuropathy.

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