Neuropathy, a consequence of damage to nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord peripheral nerves), often causes weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in the hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of the body.
It can be cause for injuries, infections, or illness like arthritis and diabetes. At Active Health Knee and Shoulder we take pride in helping neuropathy patients in treating the condition and prevent illnesses like diabetes and arthritis to get worse with time.
Now, what is Diabetic Neuropathy?
High blood glucose damages nerves throughout the body. Diabetic neuropathy most often affects the nerves in the legs and feet.
Depending on the nerves affected, symptoms may vary and can go from pain and numbness in legs and feet to problems with the digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels, and heart. In some people, these symptoms are mild. However, in others, diabetic neuropathy can be quite painful and disabling.
Diabetic neuropathy is a severe complication of diabetes that can affect up to 50% of people with diabetes. But diabetic neuropathy can often be prevented or progressively slows with constant blood glucose control and a healthy lifestyle.
Types of Diabetic Neuropathy
- Peripheral: is the most common, first it affects legs and feet, then arms and hands. Symptoms occur through the night and they can go from numbness to sharp pains.
- Autonomic: The autonomic nervous system controls your heart, bladder, stomach, intestines, sex organs and eyes. Diabetes can affect nerves in any of these areas. These symptoms may include bladder/bowel problems, hypoglycemic unawareness, slow stomach emptying, decreased sexual response and vision problems.
- Proximal or diabetic amyotrophy: affects nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks or legs. It can also affect the abdominal and chest area. Symptoms are usually on one side of the body, but may spread to the other areas and may include weak and shrinking thigh muscles, severe pain in those areas, difficulty standing and severe stomach pain.
- Mononeuropathy or focal neuropathy: either cranial or peripheral refers to damage in a specific nerve. Creating painful symptoms that may lead to: difficulty focusing/double vision, aching behind one eye, Bell’s Palsy, numbness/tingling in hands, or weakness in your hands.
Complications that may occur when suffering Diabetic Neuropathy
Keeping an eye on your blood sugar levels and taking care of your feet are good ways to prevent complications, diabetic neuropathy usually has complications like:
- Loss of a toe, foot, or leg.
- Urinary tract infections.
- Sharp blood pressure drops.
- Digestive problems
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Increased/decreased sweating.
Can You Treat Neuropathy?
Unfortunately diabetic neuropathy has no cure, but it’s progression can be controlled, doctors prescribe medications for pain but don’t focus on prevention. Prescription includes opioids to cover up symptoms but doesn’t stop the damage from expanding with time, besides patient tolerance to pain medications and creams increase and lead to further damages due to side effects.
At Active Health Knee and Shoulder we have created a natural program that stops your pain and treats the nerve damage simultaneously. No medications needed.
Though the medications do help at the time, the conventional way of treating your neuropathy pain isn’t a great way to treat the nerve damage itself. The nerves need to be re-trained and nursed back to health in order for the damage to stop spreading over time. Some drugs used to treat neuropathy that has side effects are:
At Active Health Knee and Shoulder, we want to offer better practices without the use of medications and with a more effective approach
Active Health Knee and Shoulder Neuropathy Treatment
At Active Health Knee and Shoulder we use three different treatments when it comes to neuropathy:
- Intersegmental Traction: The intersegmental traction table gently elongates the postural muscles of the spine in a comfortable and uniform manner so that the normal joint movement, mobility, and circulation are restored. The patient lies supine or face-up on the table which has rollers beneath the surface. These rollers slowly move up and down the length of the spine.
- Trigenics®: is a neuro-kinetic, sensorimotor assessment, treatment and training system which instantly relieves pain and increases strength and movement. It is currently practiced by over 2000 doctors, therapists, and trainers in 20 countries worldwide.
- PEMF: Pulsed Electrical Magnetic Frequency, P.E.M.F., is having a profound effect on patients suffering from Chronic Degenerative Knee Pain, Neck, Back, Hip Pain, Peripheral Neuropathy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Plantar Fasciitis. A pulsed magnetic current penetrates the surface of the skin and goes deep, right to the damaged tissue. The tissue responds to the gentle waves as each cell is immediately oxygenated which increases cellular function and stability.
There are better options for you! We focus on Non-Surgical Procedures for people suffering with Chronic Knee Pain, Peripheral Neuropathy and Frozen Shoulder Pain.
Dr. Robert Davis is a trusted knee specialist in Fort Myers and draws patients from across the nation to his clinic. For more information, or to learn more about Active Health’s non-invasive, non-surgical knee pain treatment, contact us today!