Neuropathy is a medical condition resulting from damaged or destroyed nerve cells and is often a side effect associated with autoimmune diseases, infections, diabetes, tumors, or hereditary conditions. Also known as peripheral neuropathy, this condition currently affects over 20 million people in the United States with symptoms ranging from slight tingling or burning pain to muscle spasms, difficulty moving your arms or legs, and in some cases, atrophy.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
For many patients, neuropathy begins with a tingling or numbness that occur in their fingers and toes. As time goes on, the numbness begins to spread and may also develop into prickly or sharp pains in their extremities.
Early symptoms of neuropathy include numbness, weakness, and tingling or burning pain that evolves into muscle spasms and difficulty moving your arms or legs over time. As neuropathy progresses, patients may also feel that their balance is being lost more often.
The symptoms of neuropathy greatly depend on the type of nerves that are damaged, ranging from autonomic nerves, motor nerves, and sensory nerves. With this in mind, it’s important to document what type of symptoms you may be experiencing prior to your visit to our office so we can better diagnose and treat your pain. Since neuropathy affects the nervous system as well as the bodies ability to balance, it is important to seek help and treat neuropathy as soon as you can.
Neuropathy can be a side effect or caused by other medical conditions, which is why treatment is first tailored to treat the underlying condition which then reduces the severity of the nerve pain. Neuropathy can be severe and quite painful with the most common forms of neuropathy include diabetic neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica which are actually quite prevalent in adults. Because of this, some people may be suffering from neuropathy, and not even know they have it.
To treat nerve pain, many patients are finding relief in alternative medicine. For neuropathy, countless patients have sought chiropractic care as an alternative for treating neuropathy pain and also correcting the underlying causes to help slow down the progression of the medical condition. In treating neuropathy with corrective chiropractic care, you are choosing an all-natural and therapeutic approach to treating symptoms and the pain you may be suffering from.
How does chiropractic care work for neuropathy?
Chiropractic care for neuropathy focuses on treating the underlying conditions that cause nerve pain as well as the inflammation that your body is producing from your neuropathy. Treating the inflammation will help to ease your pain in the different joints and extremities. Many patients are looking not only to reduce their pain but to also improve their overall quality of life without relying on medication. To do this, we tailor each chiropractic treatment plan to meet the needs of every patient. For instance, if a patient is suffering from nerve pain in their lower extremities, our treatment will focus on exercises and therapies that promote healing throughout the leg muscles and joints like the hips, knees, and ankles.
At Frank E. Kaden, D.C. Chiropractic, Inc., we understand how unpleasant neuropathic pain is which is why we are proud to provide a comfortable, family-friendly office atmosphere for our patients. Our helpful, professional staff are here to help you manage your pain and help treat any underlying conditions as well as your nerve pain. To learn more about how chiropractic care can treat neuropathy, contact us today at (310) 251-0862.