Neuropathy is a nerve condition that often causes weakness, numbness, pain, pins & needles, or burning in the hands or feet both. Neuropathy literally means disease of a nerve and afflicts millions of people in the United States. Although neuropathy can affect both the central nervous system (brain & spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (outside brain and spinal cord), peripheral neuropathy is by far the most common.
There are many causes for peripheral neuropathy that have been identified, but the most frequent cause is diabetes. Some causes of peripheral neuropathy are:
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Compression Neuropathies
Because of the numerous causes for peripheral neuropathy, and the complex array of symptoms that are typically present in the patient, it is often misdiagnosed. Have you heard from your doctor that there is no treatment for neuropathy and that the symptoms must simply be managed with medication? We hear this repeatedly from patients in our clinic, and they are left with a hopeless and helpless feeling regarding their condition.
Clearstone Medical Center Neuropathy Treatment
At Clearstone, we understand the hopelessness, pain, and frustration that peripheral neuropathy patients experience. We understand the complexities of treating patients with peripheral neuropathy and the struggles they are experiencing.
Our clinic specializes in identifying the underlying cause(s) of peripheral neuropathy, and we utilize the best diagnostic tools to help properly diagnose our patients. Accurate diagnosis first begins by carefully listening to the patient and reviewing a thorough medical history. One or more of the following tests are performed to help with diagnosis:
- Physical examination
- Orthopedic examination
- Neurological examination
- Reflex / Muscle strength tests / Sensory evaluation
- Sensory grading
- Blood test
- Xray / MRI
Our practitioners are experts at identifying and treating neuropathy using a combination of non-invasive treatments. Our approach is comprehensive and combine tools that reduce nerve pain, improve blood flow, and increase the rate of healing.
Severe systemic inflammation is often present within patients that suffer with peripheral neuropathy. In many cases, the source of inflammation is lifestyle related. As such, lifestyle changes are often incorporated into our treatments.