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Peripheral Neuropathy

What is Peripheral Neuropathy:

Peripheral Neuropathy is one of the most common chronic diseases in the US. Over 20 million Americans have it. It is a condition that affects the nerves of the body that results from nerve damage or disease. Peripheral Neuropathy, or nerve damage, disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with it’s muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. Peripheral Neuropathy can be compared to the body’s electrical wiring system breaking down, causing pain, weakness, numbness and poor coordination.

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy:

  • Numbness or Heaviness
  • Sharp pain or cramping that can be worse at night
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Pins and needles, burning, or tingling sensation in the feet or hands
  • Increased sensitivity to light touch
  • Temperature intolerances(generally to heat)

What causes Peripheral Neuropathy:

Neuropathy is a result of damage to one or more nerves in the Peripheral Nervous System. There are over a hundred different causes of damage to these nerves that result in neuropathy, some known and some unknown. The most common causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Trauma or Pressure on the nerve
  • Exposure to Poisons
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Alcoholism
  • Medications
  • Inherited disorders
  • Tumors
  • Chemotherapy
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Bone marrow disorders

How we can help:

At Vital Care Physical Therapy we treat Peripheral Neuropathy in several ways:

  • Individual treatment plan
  • Moderate-Intensity Exercise
  • Balance and coordination activities
  • Nerve gliding activities

At Vital Care Physical Therapy we also use a device called the Rebuilder, which is a form of electrical stimulation therapy. The device sends a waveform that exactly duplicates the waveform of a healthy nerve signal, much the same as a pacemaker imitates a healthy cardiac signal. The Rebuilder repolarizes and re-educates the nerves to follow the correct paths. It also enables nerve impulses to jump the synaptic junction, reconnecting injured nerve cells and delivering the minerals and nutrients that revitalize those nerves. When this is accomplished, it promotes new nerve growth, restores blood circulation, returns feeling to extremities, and reduces pain.

The rebuilder is not a TENS OR EMS device. TENS devices “block” nerve paths, which can overload the nerves and cause permanent damage. EMS devices are only designed to strengthen muscles. The Rebuilder opens nerve paths, strengthens muscles, and improves blood flow. It’s one part of holistic neuropathy treatment.