We specialize in correcting your body’s misalignments. Our goal is to ensure that your spine and the rest of your body are working harmoniously. To do so, we will help you develop a plan that will require light stretching, some exercise, chiropractic care, and a healthy diet.
Peripheral neuropathy is a debilitating disorder which can cause a myriad of symptoms including: weakness, numbness, and pain in the hands and feet as a result from nerve damage. At Knecht Chiropractic Clinic, located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Dr. Andrew Knecht provides chiropractic care for patients with pain and other symptoms from peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is classified as weakness, numbness, pins and needles, and pain as a result from nerve damage that is usually felt in the hands and feet. The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves that connects the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – to the rest of the body. Neuropathy transpires when nerve cells, or neurons, are damaged or destroyed. This distorts the way the neurons communicate with one another and the brain causing peripheral neuropathy.
What causes Peripheral Neuropathy?
A common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. However, it can also result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic conditions, genetic dispositions and exposure to certain toxins like chemotherapy drugs. Symptoms include pain, a pins-and-needles sensation, sensory loss, numbness, and weakness in the hands or feet. Dr. Knecht takes these factors into consideration when evaluating patients with peripheral neuropathy.
How does Dr. Knecht diagnose Peripheral Neuropathy?
Dr. Knecht examines the muscles and reflexes in the affected area to determine how severe the peripheral neuropathy is. To find out what’s causing the peripheral neuropathy, Dr. K does a full Chiropractic examination compromised of orthopedic and neurological tests combined with specialized imaging tests, such as X-rays and/or MRIs. These imaging tests provide detailed views of the spine and surrounding soft tissues. Dr. Knecht might also perform other tests to diagnose herniated discs or spinal stenosis.
How does Dr. Knecht Treat Peripheral Neuropathy?
Dr. Knecht provides non-invasive care to relieve peripheral neuropathy symptoms. Dr. Knecht uses a multifaceted approach, utilizing state of the art technologies to treat peripheral neuropathy. These treatments aim to take stress of the nervous system allowing the nerves to heal. Dr. Knecht also educates his patient in diet and social changes to aid in their recovery.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy & how could it help Peripheral Neuropathy?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy is a type of motorized traction that has been proven to relieve spinal related pain such as peripheral neuropathy. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine and opening the disc spaces. This promotes movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids back into the discs, so they can heal and regain disc height. Traction of the spine takes pressure off the spinal discs by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated discs may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This may help alleviate symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Injuries can continue causing pain and stiffness when they don’t heal properly or when they’re not treated promptly. Going through rehabilitation provides patients with ways to reduce pain, ensure proper healing, and lowers the risk of new injuries. At Knecht Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Andrew Knecht offers rehabilitation for patients in Chicago with acute or chronic pain.
What does rehabilitation include?
Rehabilitation for injuries includes chiropractic adjustments and other types of chiropractic care to help relieve tension and inflammation. Some patients might also benefit from massage therapy, which helps prevent tension from building up in the affected muscles. Dr. Knecht does a thorough evaluation of each patient’s condition and takes medical history and lifestyle into consideration to come up with a plan for rehabilitation.
How does chiropractic rehabilitation help patients with injuries?
Chiropractic rehabilitation involves manually adjusting the affected joints to ensure that they’re in the right alignment. This helps blood, nutrients, and oxygen flow to the area, which promotes the natural healing process. These adjustments also relieve pressure on nerves in the affected area, resulting in pain relief. In some cases, a combination of chiropractic care and therapeutic massage provide highly effective relief from pain caused by injuries. Chiropractic adjustments and massage ease muscle tension, which helps restore a normal range of motion.
When should patients go through rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation works best when it takes place in the days or weeks following an injury. Waiting too long can cause the recovery process to take longer. It also makes it more difficult to work with injured muscles, ligaments, and other parts of the affected joint. However, patients should keep in mind that chiropractic rehabilitation can help with older injuries that still cause pain. Adjustments to the affected joint can help get rid of scar tissue and reduce inflammation.
Why do older injuries still cause pain?
Some older injuries can still hurt if they haven’t healed right. When this happens, scar tissue can form and lead to inflammation for months or even years after the initial injury. In some cases, patients injure the affected area again, causing pain and stiffness to flare up. Secondary injuries in the surrounding area can also occur and cause considerable discomfort.
How long does rehabilitation take?
The length of time that rehabilitation takes varies from one patient to the next based on factors such as how severe injuries are, which part of the body they affect, and whether or not patients have any conditions that might affect the healing process. Dr. Knecht lets each patient know about how long rehabilitation should take.
To learn more about chiropractic rehabilitation, please contact Knecht Chiropractic Clinic.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many types of massage therapy methods (also called modalities). People seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons; for example, to reduce stress and anxiety, to relax muscles, to rehabilitate injuries, to reduce pain and to promote overall health and wellness.
Spinal decompression therapy is a specialized type of traction that relieves spinal related pain such as herniated discs or peripheral neuropathy. At Knecht Chiropractic Clinic, located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Dr. Andrew Knecht provides chiropractic care in combination with innovative therapies such as spinal decompression for patients with pain and other symptoms from a herniated disc or peripheral neuropathy.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy is a type of motorized traction that has been proven to relieve spinal related pain such as peripheral neuropathy and sciatica. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine and opening the disc spaces. This promotes movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids back into the discs, so they can heal and regain disc height. Traction of the spine takes pressure off the spinal discs by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated discs may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine.
Who could benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
If you suffer from back pain, neck pain, sciatica, peripheral neuropathy, have a bulging or herniated disk, degenerative disk disease, posterior facet syndrome, and/or injured or diseased spinal nerve roots you could benefit from spinal decompression therapy.
How does Dr. Knecht diagnose and treat a herniated disc?
A herniated disc occurs when the inner portion of a spinal disc pushes through the exterior. This may cause irritation of the surrounding nerves, which results in pain and other symptoms. Herniated discs can either be caused by the normal aging process in which spinal discs deteriorate or from a traumatic injury. Dr. Knecht provides chiropractic treatments for herniated discs which include manual adjustments to the spine to restore it to the proper alignment. This takes pressure off the affected disc and allows it to heal naturally. Removing pressure through realignment also eases pain and other symptoms of herniated discs. Dr. Knecht may recommend decompression therapy in addition to chiropractic care. This type of treatment can enhance the effects of chiropractic care and healing of the effected nerves.
How long does treatment take?
The length of time that spinal decompression therapy takes varies from one patient to the next based on factors such as how severe injuries are, which part of the body they affect, and whether patients have any conditions that might affect the healing process. Dr. Knecht develops specific treatment plans tailored to the patient’s needs.
To learn more about spinal decompression therapy, please contact Knecht Chiropractic Clinic.
One of the most important elements of chiropractic care is diagnostics. Chiropractic radiology is a tool utilized in care as a diagnostic practice to rule out pathology (such as possible tumor or fracture) and/or an additional aid to determine where to adjust the spine. Chiropractors rely on a variety of diagnostic techniques in order to fully understand what is occurring in the patient’s musculoskeletal system, and how a given treatment intervention could bring about positive results in each patient.
Pre/post Natal Chiropractic
Pregnancy can cause physical discomfort, including joint pain, headaches, and swelling in the ankles and legs. These can occur due to changes in the body that affect the alignment of the spine. At Knecht Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Andrew Knecht offers safe and effective chiropractic treatments for pregnant patients in Chicago.
Pregnancy causes changes in the body, such as extra weight in the abdominal area and looser ligaments in the pelvis. These changes can result in lower back pain, headaches, and other health issues that cause significant discomfort. Chiropractic care offers a way to ease these symptoms for a more comfortable pregnancy without the risks of medications or invasive procedures.
Are chiropractic treatments safe during pregnancy?
Chiropractic adjustments are considered safe for pregnant women as long as they’re done by a chiropractic doctor with the right skills, education, and experience. Dr. Knecht has the knowledge and skills required for performing spinal adjustments during pregnancy. Chiropractic care doesn’t hurt, and it doesn’t come with the risks of side effects as medications do. Pregnant women who are looking for pain relief that doesn’t involve taking medication can talk to Dr. Knecht to determine if chiropractic care is right for them.
How does chiropractic treatment help women during pregnancy?
Chiropractic adjustments, which are part of chiropractic care, involve realigning the entire spine. This helps correct problems that occur due to spinal misalignments during pregnancy. Chiropractic adjustments help ease joint pain and stiffness, especially in the lower and upper back. They also ease tension in the muscles and take pressure off nerves in the affected area. Reduced muscle tension results in less pain and has the added benefit of easing stress during pregnancy.
Are other treatments available?
Dr. Knecht might also recommend massage therapy for pregnant women, which eases muscle tension and reduces stress. Therapeutic massage therapy is a form of treatment that often complements chiropractic adjustments.
Does chiropractic care affect the unborn baby?
Chiropractic care can benefit unborn babies by ensuring that the pelvis is aligned correctly for delivery. When pregnant women have a misalignment in the pelvis, this can make it harder for the baby to change position for delivery. This raises the risk of needing a C-section rather than being able to deliver naturally. Pelvic misalignments can also create less space for babies in the womb during pregnancy.
To learn more about chiropractic care during pregnancy, please contact Knecht Chiropractic Clinic.