Nerve damage can take on several forms, and many of them fall under peripheral neuropathy.
In the United States alone, it’s estimated that more than 20 million people have some form of peripheral neuropathy, which refers to a vast array of conditions that involve damage to the peripheral nervous system.
Unfortunately, 20 million is only a guess as it’s believed that there are many more who have yet to be appropriately diagnosed. The symptoms can range quite a bit and are often misdiagnosed since they can indicate various other conditions.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
There are over 100 known types of peripheral neuropathy affecting people worldwide.
Peripheral neuropathy is a term describing the 100+ conditions that involve some level of damage done to the peripheral nervous system, which is the communication network responsible for sending signals between the central nervous system and the rest of the body.
Since there is such a wide variety of peripheral neuropathic conditions, medical professionals have organized them into three categories, based on the type of nerves that have been damaged:
- Motor Nerves: most often involving the nerves responsible for talking, walking, and other movements.
- Sensory Nerves: help transmit information such as pain and touch.
- Autonomic Nerves: responsible for regulating your body’s organs, digestions, and breathing.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary greatly and depend on the type of nerve damage done. This damage can be caused by several different things, including:
- Statin drugs/other pharmaceuticals
- Autoimmune diseases
- Blood/vascular problem
- Physical Trauma
- And others
How is Peripheral Neuropathy Diagnosed?
If peripheral neuropathy is suspected, specialized tests must be ordered to get a genuine diagnosis since the condition isn’t easily identified by standard examination.
However, the process will begin by reviewing your medical history. It also involves asking your family’s medical history since there has been some research that suggests there are some inherited neuropathies. You’ll be asked about your symptoms, what seems to trigger them, your social habits, and potential toxins exposure.
From there, you will undergo a physical examination, as well as a neurological exam, to look for potential nerve damage.
Is Peripheral Neuropathy Treatable?
The great news for those with peripheral neuropathy is that there are treatment options available. Moss Chiropractic of Inverness is pleased to be a provider of the ‘Blueprint Healthcare Systems’ neuropathy program. This is a system that has been practiced for years.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy in Inverness, FL
Peripheral neuropathy can be quite tricky when you don’t know what you’re dealing with.
If you suspect you may be dealing with peripheral neuropathy, then don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information.