Neuropathy is a general term for a damaged nerve. When a nerve is damaged, patients frequently experience weakness, numbness, and/or pain in the arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, or toes. In more extreme cases, neuropathy can even cause muscle wasting.
There are a few reasons that a patient may develop neuropathy. Many people have heard of diabetic neuropathy, in which excess sugar in the blood stream damages the nerve endings in the hands or feet. Neuropathy may also be caused by osteoarthritis in the spine or other joints, trauma to a nerve, chemotherapy, autoimmune diseases, and more.
Chiropractic care may help neuropathy patients regain some or all of their function. If the symptoms are intermittent, or if the symptoms have been constant for less than two years, there is a good chance that we can help.
In our office, a course of treatment for neuropathy will likely include chiropractic adjusting to relieve pressure on nerves, electrical muscle stimulation, mechanical massage, stretches and exercises, spinal decompression traction, and nutrition consultation to reduce inflammation.
It is always our goal to help our patients feel better as soon as possible, but restoring function to a damaged nerve takes time. It didn’t develop overnight, and it won’t go away overnight.