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Does it hurt to walk?

Do you constantly feel a stabbing, burning, tingling, or itchy sensation in your hands or feet? Do you have numbness in your extremities that makes it difficult to go about your day-to-day routine? If you have any of these symptoms, then you may have a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. You do not have to resign yourself to a life of pain and discomfort or a life of taking medications and drugs. Let the doctors of chiropractic at Advanced Sports & Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture (ASFCA) help your body to heal and also ease your neuropathy discomfort.

Peripheral Neuropathy

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Your nervous system is responsible for sending and receiving signals from your brain to every area of your body. Motion and sensation is all managed through the body’s nervous system signals. Peripheral neuropathy is a medical condition that impairs the transmission of these signals to and from the outlying body parts. Peripheral neuropathy usually affects a patient’s hands and/or feet but has been known to affect other biological systems like the urinary tract, bowel systems, glandular functions, and more .

Peripheral neuropathy can look significantly different from person-to-person. One case might affect a person’s fine or gross motor skills, giving them trouble with tasks like walking or handwriting. In other cases, a person might have dulled sensations in their extremities, making them more prone to injuring themselves because of the lack of sensation. It is not uncommon for a person with peripheral neuropathy to develop a severe infection, usually in their feet or legs, that goes unnoticed. In extreme cases, these infections caused by peripheral neuropathy, can led to the need for limb amputation. Nearly 54,000 amputations are performed every year in the U.S. due to complications from peripheral neuropathy. Of those cases, up to 75 percent of them were preventable .

Peripheral neuropathy can develop over a few days, weeks, or even years, depending on a person and their underlying medical conditions. The most common disease process that leads to cases of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. However, peripheral neuropathy can also be caused by other factors.

Listed below are among the more common underlying causes of peripheral neuropathy:

  • Diabetes
  • Physical Trauma
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Vascular Problems
  • Lyme Disease
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Liver Disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Inadequate Nutrition
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Chronic Swelling
  • Infections
  • Certain Cancers
  • Chemotherapy Drugs
  • Spinal misalignments known as subluxations
  • Spinal degeneration, DDD, DJD, Stenosis



What are the Common Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?

If you are suffering from peripheral neuropathy, you are not alone. According to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, over 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with at least one form of peripheral neuropathy. How a person experiences peripheral neuropathy symptoms depends on the type of nerve(s) that are afflicted.

The motor nerves affect the body’s muscle control. Sensory nerves affect a person’s ability to receive sensory information like touch, pain, and temperatures. Autonomic nerves control the functions of the involuntary muscles and systems that regulate the blood pressure, the heart, digestion, and bladder. Peripheral neuropathy can cause a variety of symptoms .

The most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are the following:

  • Numbness & Tingling
  • Foot Pain
  • Hand Pain
  • Burning, Sharp, Jabbing Pain in Affected Extremities
  • Difficulty Walking or Standing
  • Increased Falls
  • Pain with Bearing Weight
  • Incontinence
  • Digestion Issues
  • Diaphoresis (Excessive Sweating)
  • Anhidrosis (Inability to Sweat)
  • Swelling
  • Temperature Intolerance
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Paralysis in Extremities


Successfully Treat Your Peripheral Neuropathy with Chiropractic Care & Acupuncture

If you need treatment for your peripheral neuropathy, trust the expertise of the doctors, acupuncturists and therapists at ASFCA. Conveniently located throughout the Missouri and Kansas Metro area, ASFCA Clinics care for patients with a variety of concerns, including peripheral neuropathy. Considering that most cases of peripheral neuropathy are preventable, Chiropractic care , class IV cold laser therapy and acupuncture are ideal for not only treating your pain and discomfort but potentially eliminating your symptoms entirely.

Our doctors of chiropractic treat peripheral neuropathy at its source, the central and peripheral nervous system. Our chiropractors assess each patient with a combination of intake questions, physical evaluations, and digital x-rays. After which, they use chiropractic adjustments, cold laser therapy and disc decompression therapy to help correct the obstructed neuro-pathways that may have had trouble receiving or transmitting signals. For our patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy, ASFCA also offers acupuncture to treat their pain. Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system at the source of the patient’s peripheral neuropathy, signaling the body’s ability to heal naturally .

ASFCA also provides other services that are highly beneficial for patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy. ASFCA clinics offer physical therapy services (Physiotherapy) for our patients with peripheral neuropathy. Our physiotherapy staff helps our peripheral neuropathy patients with exercises to gain strength and coordination overcome difficulties they deal with in their daily lives. We also provide custom orthotics for patients who need better footwear to overcome challenges with walking and standing when suffering from peripheral neuropathy.


Do Not Let the Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy Slow You Down!

Peripheral neuropathy does not have to stop you in your tracks. The chiropractors, acupuncturists and therapists at ASFCA can help you overcome your pain and suffering and provide you with the care you need and deserve.

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