What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

The peripheral nerves are part of the nervous system that functions outside of the brain and spinal cord. Their responsibilities are to control involuntary bodily functions and muscle movements, regulate glands, and relay information from the ears, eyes, and skin to the central nervous system. Peripheral Neuropathy is the physical symptoms the body experiences when these nerves are damaged. 

Common symptoms are:

  • Pain

  • Burning

  • Numbness

  • 'Pins and Needles' Tingling

  • Muscle weakness

  • Balance problems

  • Sensitivity to temperature

  • Loss of dexterity

  • Sensitivity to touch/pressure

  • Muscle weakness

  • Decreased or no reflexes

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN)?

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is the most common complication of diabetes. As many as 70% of all diabetics will develop peripheral neuropathy, though the severity ranges from person to person. This condition is caused by consistently high blood sugar levels which lead to nerve damage in the extremities as well as other parts of the body. The nerve damage can create a feeling of numbness, tingling, and pain and can decrease blood flow to the hands and feet.

 

What is chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy or CIPN?

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is the damage to the peripheral nerves caused by certain chemotherapy drugs that are used to treat cancer. 

What are other causes of Peripheral Neuropathy?

 

There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy, the most common being diabetes. Some causes are genetic but the majority of cases are acquired over a lifetime.

Causes include:

  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Physical injuries

  • Kidney and liver disorders

  • Nutritional/Vitamin imbalances

  • Vascular Issues

  • Kidney and liver disorders

  • Certain cancers

  • Chemotherapy drugs

  • Certain Infections

  • Tumors pressing on nerves

  • Shingles

  • Low vitamin B levels

  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection

  • Poor circulation (peripheral vascular disease)

 

What are the current treatments for peripheral neuropathy?

There are quite a few treatments for peripheral neuropathy, but the majority of them are designed to help reduce the pain without addressing the underlying cause. Some of these treatments include tricyclic antidepressants, opiates, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), certain anti-seizure drugs, and capsaicin ointment. While these options may help with the discomfort and pain, they can't help with numbness or loss of sensation. 

What other treatments exist?

One growing treatment for peripheral neuropathy uses monochromatic infrared energy to increase blood circulation to the affected nerves and surrounding tissue and, over time, encouraging the new growth of capillaries.

Infrared energy is part of our everyday lives. Remote controls, thermal imaging cameras, DVD players, and projectors all use infrared wavelengths. Even the human body releases its own infrared radiation! 

Using infrared energy for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy helps the red blood cells and the cells lining the blood vessels to release nitric oxide, which helps vessels dilate, widen, and allows blood to flow easily to deliver adequate oxygen to the cells.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for Neuropathy treatment?

 
 

Every case of peripheral neuropathy is unique to every patient. We offer a consultation to determine your eligibility. CLICK HERE to go to our Contact Page and learn how to schedule your consultation. 

What happens at the initial consultation?

 

During the initial consultation, we will take your medical history and run a series of non-invasive tests that use pressure, temperature, and vibrations to assess your level of nerve damage. From there, we will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for treatment and build a plan to fit your needs.

How long does the treatment take?

 

Each patient is placed on an 8 to 12-week treatment plan customized to fit their level of pain and nerve damage. The plan consists of three weekly sessions (totaling 24 to 36 treatments), each session lasting 30-40 minutes.

How quickly will I start to feel results?
Most patients begin to experience pain relief after the first 1-2 sessions (though it's important to remember that all experiences are unique and some patients will feel the results at their own pace). 

Are there any side effects to the treatments?
No. This treatment does not use any prescription oral medications and is non-surgical.

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