Understanding Neuropathy And How To Treat It

Neuropathy, often referred to as peripheral neuropathy, is not an isolated health condition but a term used to cover a broad range of health issues that involve damage to one or more of the peripheral nerves. The peripheral nervous system is part of the central nervous system which helps transport messages to parts of your body. It is divided into voluntary and involuntary parts; the voluntary side controls functions we can consciously control and the involuntary side regulates those that we can’t. Close to twenty million Americans deal with neuropathy issues that impact how their body functions. 

Signs Of Neuropathy

Signs and symptoms of neuropathy will be dependent upon the individual but common indicators may include temporary or permanent numbness, pain, muscle weakness, paralysis, increased sensitivity to touch, tingling, prickling, or burning sensation, impairment to urination, dysfunction in glands or organs and impairment to sexual function. 

What Causes Neuropathy

There is more than one cause of peripheral neuropathy. Some of the known causes can include trauma, cancer, autoimmune disease, metabolic disorders, infections like Lyme disease and shingles, kidney disorders, and exposure to toxins. If a specific cause cannot be identified it is called idiopathic neuropathy. About 23% of those who experience neuropathy issues are classified as having idiopathic neuropathy. 

How Can I Treat My Neuropathy Issues

Besides medication, there are a variety of treatments available to deal with neuropathy issues. Most individuals experiencing neuropathy problems are given medications. Unfortunately, medications only mask the symptoms instead of dealing with the root cause of neuropathy issues. Treatments that can help with a neuropathy condition are deep tissue laser therapy, monochromatic light therapy, lower back decompression, and compression boots. All of these promote increased circulation, stimulating the nerves. 

Neuropathy Providers In The Vancouver Area

Pain Relief Partners uses functional medicine to help treat a variety of conditions that their clients deal with. Their staff is dedicated to ensuring that each patient is given the opportunity to live their best life which is why they care for every patient on individual terms so they know exactly how to best treat them. Patients who deal with neuropathy issues will be given focused care as the medical staff works to find a plan that is customized to their needs. If you believe you are experiencing signs of neuropathy, contact Pain Relief Partners to speak with one of their providers on how they can help. 

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