About 25-30% of American adults develop peripheral neuropathy. This condition gets progressively worse over time, so it’s important to take action early on before it results in immobility or the need for an amputation. At Kotila Chiropractic in Brandon, Florida, Gary Kotila, BA, DC, uses safe, effective treatments to ease pain caused by peripheral neuropathy. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Peripheral neuropathy describes a group of conditions that affect the nerves that carry messages throughout your peripheral nervous system, which is the area outside of your brain and spinal cord. A condition in this category may result from infections, injuries, toxin exposure, genetic disorders, or metabolic issues.
Dr. Kotila believes that peripheral neuropathy is a life-or-death condition that requires prompt medical care. When left untreated, your risk of falls, fractures, and extended hospital stays increases dramatically.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary depending on the severity of nerve damage. Common indications include:
As the condition progresses, you might also experience problems with balance and mobility. Your feet or hands may also become sensitive to touch.
The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes — more than 50% of people with diabetes develop some form of neuropathy. Vitamin deficiencies also cause peripheral neuropathy, as can autoimmune disorders, certain medications, or tumors. Neuropathy also comes from infections, such as shingles, Lyme disease, hepatitis C, or Epstein-Barr.
Dr. Kotila begins your appointment by learning about your medical history to determine if you have any health concerns that could lead to peripheral neuropathy. He then examines the area where you’re having symptoms to evaluate your reflexes, strength, and tone.
Additionally, he may check your ability to feel certain sensations or might check your posture and coordination. Dr. Kotila also may order a blood analysis to check for any deficiencies. You may undergo imaging to evaluate the soft tissue and nerves to diagnose an injury.
The treatment Dr. Kotila uses to address your symptoms depends on the severity of your condition. For instance, if you have a pinched nerve, he may use chiropractic manipulation to relieve pressure.
Other treatments that Dr. Kotila uses to address peripheral neuropathy include NASA-developed infrared light therapy, vibration therapy to increase peripheral circulation, and gentle electrical stimulation to block pain signals produced by the brain.
Dr. Kotila also uses specific protocols that can enhance balance and limit soreness or stiffness in your feet. Restoring circulation to your extremities can even regenerate damaged nerve tissue. What’s more, you can maintain these changes with simple home therapies and nutritional protocols.
If you’re suffering from the unpleasant symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, schedule an appointment at Kotila Chiropractic today. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online.