Neuropathy is a nerve condition with pain, burning, and numbness in the extremities, often making it difficult to enjoy life the way you once did. Fortunately, Medical Center Plus offers a unique multimodal treatment strategy that’s helping many people across Lee County. Book an appointment so you can regain use of your hands and feet without pain.
What is neuropathy and what are its symptoms?
Neuropathy is nerve damage in either the central or peripheral nervous system. There are many different types of neuropathy, but peripheral neuropathy is by far the most common and has several varieties, including diabetic and idiopathic (having no known cause).
Neuropathy symptoms affect your extremities. The feet are almost always affected, but the hands and fingers are frequently affected too.
Symptoms of neuropathy include:
What causes peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when you suffer from nerve axon damage. Your nerve axon relays electrical impulses throughout your body. For example, a damaged axon inside one of your sensory neurons impairs your feeling when you touch something.
The most common causes of peripheral neuropathy are:
- Traumatic injury
- Metabolic disorders
In many cases, peripheral neuropathy is preventable because it is caused by factors such as excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to toxins, and poor nutrition.
How is peripheral neuropathy diagnosed?
Diagnosing peripheral neuropathy can be complicated because it’s usually the result of an underlying condition like diabetes. To make an accurate diagnosis, your provider reviews your medical history and conducts one or more of the following tests:
- Physical examination
- Neurological examination
- Reflex check
- Muscle tone and strength check
- Sensory tests
- Posture analysis
- Coordination test
- Blood test
- Thyroid function test
- Nerve function test
- Nerve biopsy
How is neuropathy treated?
A comprehensive neuropathy treatment strategy includes three protocols:
- Combined Electrochemical Treatment (CET)
- Electric Cell Signaling Treatment (ECST)
- Lifestyle Changes
Combined electrochemical treatment is a therapy that combines proprietary injections with an electrical current to facilitate the medicine into the cells at a much greater uptake rate than would be possible by taking the same chemicals orally or with the injection only. This helps reduce nerve pain, improve blood flow, and speed up the healing process.
Electric cell signaling treatment is a therapy that consists of applying modulating electrical impulses from a machine designed to facilitate healing, reduce pain and radiculopathy, increase circulation, relax muscle spasms, and provide neuromuscular re-education.
The final phase of treatment is lifestyle change. Lifestyle change involves nutrition and supplement education. Because neuropathy sufferers have severe inflammation within their nerves, blood vessels, and capillaries, your goal should be to eat a diet that decreases inflammation and improves overall health.
Book an appointment with Medical Center Plus to get a combination of powerful noninvasive treatments.