Peripheral Neuropathy

Active Health Center

Integrated Medical Practice located in North Palm Beach, FL

Peripheral neuropathy may occur after trauma or as a result of a combination of underlying conditions that lead to nerve damage. Dr. Marc Weinberg, DC, and the multidisciplinary team of doctors at Active Health Center in North Palm Beach, Florida, take a holistic, whole-person approach to diagnosing and treating your peripheral neuropathy. They determine the underlying cause of your pain and prescribe a customized treatment plan that improves your overall health and therefore reduces neuropathy pain. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A

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What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which you experience nerve damage in your peripheral nerves, which are the nerves that send signals between your central nervous system and the rest of your body.

Peripheral nerves tell your brain if your feet are cold or you’ve touched a hot object. They are like cables that connect each part of your body back to your brain and spinal cord, so when they aren’t functioning properly, you experience mild symptoms, or they can be downright debilitating.

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Everyone experiences peripheral neuropathy differently, depending on the cause of the nerve damage and its severity. Some common symptoms include:

  • Numbness, prickling, or tingling feelings in your hands or feet
  • Pain that gradually spreads upward from your extremities
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch or temperature changes
  • Sharp or stabbing pain
  • Burning or throbbing pain
  • Difficulty balancing or lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness

Depending on which nerves are affected, you may also experience bladder, bowel, and digestive problems, or changes in blood pressure that cause dizziness.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is generally the result of many underlying conditions, including:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Medications used to treat cancer
  • Genetics
  • Trauma or pressure to a specific nerve
  • Tumors
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Thyroid conditions

The doctors at Active Health Center evaluate all the systems in your body to determine the contributing factors to your neuropathy symptoms. They create an individualized treatment plan to help improve your underlying health conditions, including better nutrition, to alleviate peripheral neuropathy symptoms for the long term. As a patient, you benefit from achieving better overall health in addition to pain relief.

How is peripheral neuropathy treated?

Depending on the health conditions that are contributing to your neuropathy pain and symptoms, your comprehensive therapeutic treatment plan may include:

  • Injection therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Corrective exercises
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Gentle chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy

Healthier lifestyle and nutritional choices can make a big difference in your neuropathy symptoms. For example, you may benefit from eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein to keep your nerves healthy. Or, you may need to increase your intake of vitamin B-12, exercise regularly, and avoid external factors like exposure to chemicals or overindulging in alcohol.

Learn how to effectively manage your symptoms by living a healthier lifestyle and decreasing your dependency on medications. Call Active Health Center or schedule an appointment online today.