Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that affects the nervous system. In February of 2016, it was reported to affect 1.7 of every 100,000 people annually and is commonly found in people diagnosed with Diabetes.
Peripheral Neuropathy describes a problem with the system of nerves functioning outside the spinal cord. It encompasses over 100 different types of nerve damage resulting in symptoms occurring in motor, sensory, autonomic or varied parts of the body.
- Skin Tightness
- Loss of Reflex
- Locking Joints
- Impair Sensation
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Thinning Skin
- Problems with Grasping Items
- Trouble with Balance and Walking
- Restrict Mobility
- Gastrointestinal Problems
It is important to note that Peripheral Neuropathy can be a symptom of one, or often more than one underlying condition. It can also be induced by exposure to alcohol and other toxins, as well as certain medications, viruses or autoimmune disorders, in addition to repetitive use, injury or other trauma.
According to research, specific genetic defects may also play a role in the development of Peripheral Neuropathy. Tests help identify the specific origins of your neuropathy and better establish treatment options and perimeters. Some tests that may be performed include:
- Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)
- Computed Tomography
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Nerve Biopsy
- Skin Biopsy
While Peripheral Neuropathy may not be fully cured, there are many treatment options available to manage symptoms. Some treatment options you might discuss with your Chicagoland Medical professional may include one or more of the options listed below.
- Mechanical Orthopedic Supports
- Ergonomic Casts
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
- Massage Therapy
- Laser Therapy
- Lifestyle Coaching
- Blood Glucose Management
- Surgical Intervention
- Pharmacological Intervention
- Over the Counter (OTC)
- Topical Agents
- COX-2 Inhibitors
- Alpha-2 Adrenergic Agonists
The Future of Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy affects an estimated 20 million people in the United States and can have a devastating impact on a person’s quality of life. Research is ever evolving to develop a cure and discover new methods of testing and new treatment options. If you think you might have any of the above symptoms, you should contact Chicagoland Medical immediately to ensure that you get the most out of your care.
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