Neuropathy is nerve damage in either the central or peripheral nervous system.
Neuropathy is a nerve condition that can cause symptoms like pain, burning, and numbness in the extremities, sometimes making it difficult to enjoy life the way you once did. Fortunately, Bryn Medical offers a unique multimodal treatment strategy that’s helping many Chattanooga, Tennessee patients regain full function after a neuropathy diagnosis. If you’re suffering from neuropathy, call or book an appointment online today.
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is nerve damage in either the central or peripheral nervous system. There are many different types of neuropathy, but peripheral neuropathy is by far the most common and has several varieties, including diabetic and idiopathic (having no known cause).
Peripheral neuropathy typically occurs when you suffer from nerve axon damage. Your nerve axon relays electrical impulses throughout your body. For example, a damaged axon inside one of your sensory neurons impairs your feeling when you touch something. Other symptoms of neuropathy include:
In most cases, neuropathy symptoms affect your extremities. The feet are almost always affected, but the hands and fingers are frequently affected too.
What causes peripheral neuropathy?
The most common causes of peripheral neuropathy are:
- Traumatic injury
- Metabolic disorders
In many cases, peripheral neuropathy is preventable, caused by factors such as excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to toxins, and poor nutrition.
How is peripheral neuropathy diagnosed?
Diagnosing peripheral neuropathy can be complicated because it’s usually the result of an underlying condition like diabetes. To make an accurate diagnosis, your provider reviews your medical history and conducts one or more of the following tests.
- Physical examination
- Neurological examination
- Reflex check
- Muscle tone and strength check
- Sensory tests
- Posture analysis
- Coordination test
- Blood test
- Thyroid function test
- Nerve function test
You may also need a nerve biopsy.
How is neuropathy treated?
The experts at Bryn Medical have found that patients get the best results with a combination of powerful noninvasive treatments. Their comprehensive treatment strategy includes four different treatment protocols:
Nerve stimulation delivers controlled electronic pulses to your damaged nerves through a machine specially designed for use by clinical pain management and neuropathy relief physicians. This helps reduce nerve pain, improve blood flow, and speed up the healing process.
Light-emitting diode (LED) therapy promotes circulation in your hands and feet by widening your blood vessels to allow normal blood flow. This type of light therapy was created especially for use in the extremities.
Vibration therapy applies specific vibration frequencies for each type of nerve in your body. These specific vibrations prompt your body to make new capillaries and regenerate damaged nerves.
The final phase of treatment involves nutrition and supplement education. Because neuropathy sufferers have severe inflammation within their nerves, blood vessels, and capillaries, your goal should be to eat a diet that decreases inflammation and improves overall health.
Bryn Medical experts are there for you through every step of your treatment — call or book an appointment online today.