Are you one of the 20 million people in the U.S. that suffer from peripheral neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that forms over time when damage occurs to the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system functions as a communications network. It's responsible for transmitting information between the central nervous system and other parts of the body.
Our Neuropathy Care
If you're in need of neuropathy care, look no further than Keystone Physical Medicine. Our Meridian, Idaho, clinic is passionate about offering patient-centered care and combines natural, holistic, and gentle treatments with traditional medical treatments to best treat any neuropathic condition you have. Some of the natural methods our physicians incorporate into treatment plans on a regular basis include:
- Chiropractic Care
- Massage Therapy
- Nutritional Supplements and Counseling
We even offer treatment options for diabetics. We have a certified glycemic specialist on staff to help diabetic patients manage their diabetes and neuropathy treatments.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, which refers to nerve damage or disease, can include the following:
- Prickling Sensations (Paresthesia)
- Muscle Weakness
- Coordination Problems and Falling
Depending on the extent of your neuropathy, certain areas of your body may suffer more than others. In some cases, parts of your body may become overly sensitive to touch. The medical community refers to this as allodynia. Pain is common with allodynia and is a response to a stimulus that wouldn't normally provoke pain in people who don't have allodynia. In severe allodynia cases, patients may experience:
- Burning SensationsDecrease in Muscle Mass
- Organ Dysfunction
- Gland Dysfunction
Additionally, the condition affects digestion, sexual function, urination, and sweating if the nerves supplying internal organs become damaged. In rare cases, breathing may become impaired or organ failure may occur.
What Causes Neuropathy?
Neuropathy has many different causes, including the following:
- Poor Dietary Choices
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Autoimmune Diseases, Including Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Medications, Especially Chemotherapy Medications and Others Used to Battle Cancer
- Nerve Trauma
- Bacterial and Viral Infections, Such as Shingles, Leprosy, HIV, and Lyme Disease
- Cancerous and Non-Cancerous Tumors
Neuropathy Risk Factors
Like many other conditions, peripheral neuropathy has a variety of risk factors, including:
- Alcohol Abuse
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Infections, including Shingles, HIV, Hepatitis C, and Lyme Disease
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Family History of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Thyroid, Liver, or Kidney Disorders
- Repetitive Motions
Find Relief from Peripheral Neuropathy
Are you living with peripheral neuropathy? If you're experiencing any of the symptoms above and desire relief from your pain or discomfort, schedule a visit to our clinic. Our physicians and caring staff enjoy helping people suffering from all types of neuropathy. When you meet with one of our doctors for treatment, you can rest assured in knowing you will always receive patient-centered care designed to treat your unique condition. We pride ourselves in treating our patients as individuals, and our customizable care plans reflect that.
Don't put your care off any longer. Give our office a call today at 208-343-2770 to schedule an appointment.