Neu­ropa­thy Ef­fects Over 30 Mil­lion Peo­ple in the U.S... But There is Help Lo­cally

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Pe­riph­eral neu­ropa­thy refers to the many con­di­tions that in­volve dam­age to the pe­riph­eral ner­vous sys­tem, the vast com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work that sends sig­nals be­tween the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem (the brain and spinal cord) and all other parts of the body.

Many peo­ple suf­fer from pe­riph­eral neu­ropa­thy. About 30 mil­lion peo­ple in the United States are re­ported to have the dis­or­der, and pe­riph­eral neu­ropa­thy is par­tic­u­larly com­mon among in­di­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing from cer­tain dis­eases.

Al­though some peo­ple with neu­ropa­thy may not have symp­toms, cer­tain symp­toms are com­mon. The de­gree to which an in­di­vid­ual is af­fected by a par­tic­u­lar neu­ropa­thy varies. Dam­age to the sen­sory nerves is com­mon in pe­riph­eral neu­ropa­thy. Many neu­ropathies are idio­pathic, mean­ing that no known cause can be found.

When an in­di­vid­ual has a pe­riph­eral neu­ropa­thy, nerves of the pe­riph­eral ner­vous sys­tem (PNS) have been dam­aged. Nerve dam­age can arise from a num­ber of causes, such as dis­ease, phys­i­cal in­jury, to name a few.

A typ­i­cal pat­tern of di­a­betes as­so­ci­ated neu­ro­pathic symp­toms in­cludes sen­sory ef­fects that first be­gin in the feet. The as­so­ci­ated pain or pins-and-nee­dles, burn­ing, crawl­ing, or prick­ling sen­sa­tions form a typ­i­cal "stock­ing" dis­tri­bu­tion in the feet and lower legs. Pain as­so­ci­ated with neu­ropa­thy can be quite in­tense and may be de­scribed as cut­ting, stab­bing, crush­ing, or burn­ing. In some cases, a non-painful stim­u­lus may be per­ceived as ex­cru­ci­at­ing or pain may be felt even in the ab­sence of a stim­u­lus. Dam­age to a mo­tor nerve is usu­ally in­di­cated by weak­ness in the af­fected area. If the prob­lem with the mo­tor nerve has con­tin­ued over a length of time, mus­cle shrink­age (at­ro­phy) or lack of mus­cle tone may be no­tice­able.

The out­come for pe­riph­eral neu­ropa­thy de­pends heav­ily on the cause. In the best cases, a dam­aged nerve re­gen­er­ates. Nerve cells can­not be re­placed if they are killed, but they are ca­pa­ble of re­cov­er­ing from dam­age. The ex­tent of re­cov­ery is tied to the ex­tent of the dam­age and a per­son's age and gen­eral health sta­tus. Re­cov­ery can take weeks to years, be­cause neu­rons grow very slowly.

Lo­cally, Re­gen Amer­ica in Brookhaven, PA has de­vel­oped a pre­cise and ef­fec­tive sys­tem treat­ing pe­riph­eral Neu­ropa­thy. The in­te­grated med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties treat­ment in­cor­po­rates in­ter­ven­tions and tech­nol­ogy de­signed to ad­dress the mul­ti­ple fac­tors that can con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of Neu­ropa­thy, and pro­vide on­go­ing re­lief for pa­tients.

“Given that pe­riph­eral Neu­ropa­thy al­most al­ways has a vas­cu­lar com­po­nent, the first group of ther­a­pies we uti­lize are de­signed to im­prove ni­tric ox­ide pro­duc­tion, nerve re-ed­u­ca­tion, an­gio­gen­e­sis, and in­crease cir­cu­la­tion to the ex­trem­i­ties.” Ex­plains Dr. An­thony Odell, DC at Re­gen Amer­ica.

“When we can im­prove the un­der­ly­ing blood sup­ply to the pe­riph­eral nerves as well as ad­dress the cen­trally me­di­ated pain, pa­tients ex­pe­ri­ence sub­stan­tial de­creases in pain, in­creased bal­ance, and di­min­ished numb­ness/tin­gling that is all too com­mon with Neu­ropa­thy.” Dr. Odell adds.

At the fore­front of the Re­gen's treat­ment reg­i­men is the use of an in­frared diode de­vice, also known as low-level light ther­apy, pho­ton ther­apy or photo ther­apy. This ther­apy out­puts in­frared light rang­ing in wave­length from 430-890 nm. When used ap­pro­pri­ately on the af­fected area, these lights pro­mote the re­lease of ni­tric ox­ide from the en­dothe­lial cells, in­creas­ing lo­cal blood flow, and stim­u­lat­ing an­gio-ge­n­e­sis.

“It's cru­cial that once we get new blood to the nerves and cre­at­ing new blood ves­sels, to re-ed­u­cate the nerve back to nor­mal func­tion. By us­ing an in­frared diode de­vice, we are able to re­pair the dam­aged nerves, and start to make them durable once again.” ac­cord­ing to Dr. Odell.

The most com­mon mis­takes neu­ropa­thy suf­fers make are to take the "it will go away on its own" or "the med­i­ca­tions will get me bet­ter" men­tal­ity.

Do­ing this for long pe­ri­ods can cause you to reach a point of no re­turn, he ex­plains.

Among those with di­a­betes, pe­riph­eral neu­ropa­thy af­fects 60-70% of the group “My feet used to get very cold at night and have poor feel­ing. now I can sleep bet­ter at night. I would rec­om­mend any­one with neu­ropa­thy to do the pro­gram at Dis­cover Op­ti­mal Health­care.” - Su­san B.

Typ­i­cal symp­toms in­clude burn­ing, crawl­ing, or pins-and-nee­dles pain

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