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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information regarding peripheral neuropathy, please contact Knecht Chiropractic Clinic.
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