Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where the nerves in the peripheral of the body, like the arms and legs, are affected by damage or injury and do not efficiently carry the messages and electrical impulses sent by the brain. Common symptoms include numbness or electric tingling sensations, cramping, sharp pain, and trouble walking or standing up. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common form of a peripheral neuropathy. The nerves that extend down the arm and into the hand are compressed in the carpal tunnel and prevented from functioning properly. As a result, you might experience pain, numbness, and tingling in your hands and fingers.
Peripheral neuropathy is caused by a wide variety of factors ranging from diabetes and vitamin deficiency to connective tissues diseases and injuries. Misalignment in the spine can also lead to peripheral neuropathy, as all of the nerves of the body radiate from the spine. Some of the connective tissue diseases that can cause peripheral neuropathy include rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Fractures and sprains can also compress or impinge nerves and interrupt their function.
Dr. Kielur will first perform a comprehensive exam to determine if your symptoms are peripheral neuropathy and to identify where the misalignment or nerve compression is located so that he can begin treatment to release the nerves. He will use a combination of decompression treatments, chiropractic adjustments, and other therapies to provide drug-free treatment that will not only provide relief from the pain and other symptoms but also correct the issue that is causing the problem in the first place to prevent the symptoms from occurring in the future.
Chiropractic care can release impingements of the nerves that cause peripheral neuropathy. Each patient has a unique experience but many report reduced pain, fewer cramps, and less tingling and numbness. Patients have also noticed that they experience less swelling and are able to improve their range of motion. Additional benefits include better balance and coordination, reduced dependence on painkillers, fewer episodes of restless legs, and being able to experience normal touch.
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