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Peripheral Neuropathy

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is a disorder that can greatly affect the function of the peripheral nerves and cause immense discomfort. The Neuropathy Association reports that 20 million Americans currently suffer from this disease. If you are one of the many individuals living with the pain of PN, Core Physical Medicine may be able to help.

Peripheral Neuropathy Treatments

At Core Physical Medicine, we offer a proprietary PN treatment program. We utilize a number of effective therapies to help reduce the pain and discomfort associated with PN, such as:

What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?

30% of PN cases have an unknown cause, while the remaining percentage is believed to result from the following conditions:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Diabetes (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Liver infections
  • Dietary issues, such as insufficient B12 levels
  • Thyroid problems
  • Infections
  • Heredity
  • Toxins

The Peripheral Nerves

What are the peripheral nerves? 

Peripheral refers to on the outside. The peripheral nerves, along with a mass of cells, build the peripheral nervous system, located outside of the skull and the spinal column. They are not protected like the central nervous system (CNS), which resides within the cranium and spinal column. The peripheral nerves connect the CNS to organs and limbs. Peripheral nerves are exposed to all sorts of bad things, including toxins, and have a higher risk of injury from work or sports or any event or activity that can cause physical trauma.

What do the peripheral nerves do? 

The peripheral nervous system is made of cells that deliver information to and from the central nervous system. These motor, sensory and autonomic nerves connect your spinal cord to your muscles, skin, and internal organs. Motor nerves assist movements. When you touch something hot or cold, the sensory nerves shoot a message about the sensation to your brain at lightening speed. Meanwhile, autonomic nerves affect the heart rate, digestion, and respiration. 

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Tingling and numbness
  • Painful burning sensation
  • Loss of feeling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of stability

This list of symptoms is not exhaustive. PN has can have many.

 

 

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