At SHIN Wellness in Miami Florida, we offer treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy using a protocol revolving around 6 key elements which we feel really addresses the components of this condition from multiple angles- an approach that is necessary in order to really achieve results (more on the treatment later). Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body.
Your peripheral nervous system is the messenger of information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body as well as it will be the messenger of information from the body back to the central nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes, alcoholism, certain medications (especially statins and surprise! some of the medication used to treat neuropathy) and exposure to toxins such as chemotherapy. One of the most common causes is diabetes mellitus.
More About Peripheral neuropathy
An estimated 20 million people in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy, a condition that develops as a result of damage to the peripheral nervous system — the vast communications network that transmits information between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and every other part of the body. (Neuropathy means nerve disease or damage.) Symptoms can range from numbness (paresthesia) or tingling to pricking sensations, or muscle weakness. Areas of the body may become abnormally sensitive leading to an exaggeratedly intense or distorted experience of touch (allodynia). In such cases, pain may occur in response to a stimulus that does not normally provoke pain. Severe symptoms may include burning pain (especially at night), muscle wasting, paralysis, or organ or gland dysfunction. Damage to nerves that supply internal organs may impair digestion, sweating, sexual function, and urination. In the most extreme cases, breathing may become difficult, or organ failure may occur.
Peripheral nerves send sensory information back to the brain and spinal cord, such as a message that the feet are cold. Peripheral nerves also carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles to generate movement. Damage to the peripheral nervous system interferes with these vital connections. Like static on a telephone line, peripheral neuropathy distorts and sometimes interrupts messages between the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body.
Peripheral neuropathies can present in a variety of forms and follow different patterns. Symptoms may be experienced over a period of days, weeks, or years. They can be acute or chronic. In acute neuropathies such as Guillain-Barré syndrome (in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system and impairs sending and receiving nerve signals), symptoms appear suddenly, progress rapidly, and resolve slowly as damaged nerves heal. In chronic forms, symptoms begin subtly and progress slowly. Some people may have periods of relief followed by relapse. Others may reach a plateau stage where symptoms stay the same for many months or years. Many chronic neuropathies worsen over time. Although neuropathy may be painful and potentially debilitating, very few forms are fatal.
In diabetic neuropathy, one of the most common forms of peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage occurs in an ascending pattern. The first nerve fibers to malfunction are the ones that travel the furthest from the brain and the spinal cord. Pain and numbness often are felt symmetrically in both feet followed by a gradual progression up both legs. Later, the fingers, hands, and arms may become affected.
What causes Peripheral Neuropathy?
- Statin Drugs
- Medications used to treat the symptoms of PN can actually worsen the condition i.e. Neurontin, Lyrica, and Cymbalta
- Idiopathic (We don’t know how you got it!)
How do we treat Peripheral Neuropathy?
- First, we will review all diagnostics you have done already and we may also need to order more to determine the best course of action.
- We will also determine whether the stimulus that CAUSED the Peripheral Neuropathy has been removed or does it continue to be an ongoing factor, i.e If your problem is due to Diabetes, is your Diabetic condition currently under control either with diet or Insulin, or are your labs revealing a condition that is still not under control?
- Next, a very simple but powerful examination will be employed using the Toronto Clinical Scoring System as well as some Orthopedic and Neurological Testing Procedures. Once the data is compiled, the Doctor will have a good indication if you will be a good candidate (meaning will you be likely to get the desired results from treatment!) for this treatment protocol which we have named the Peripheral Neuropathy 6 Point Protocol.
- If it is determined that you are a good candidate and the original condition is under control we will begin this Protocol using 6 key factors all designed to optimally stimulate and supply the damaged nerve with what is necessary for repair.
- Some cases may require more than the 6 or less than the 6, however, in the vast majority of cases, this is the “special sauce”!
Our 6 key factors are:
- Decompression Therapy using the patented DRX9000 to relieve pressure on the nerves as they exit from the spine.
- Cold Low Level Laser Therapy to greatly increase blood flow to the area thus helping to perfuse the tissue with much needed oxygen and nutrients to begin healing.
- Sigma Instruments precision alignment of the spinal joints as well as the joints of the extremities (hands and/or feet) to remove extra pressure causing poor nerve flow and/or compression.
- Vibration Therapy to stimulate tissue and increase circulation
- Nutritional Therapy aimed at restoring nervous system function and healthy tissue (individualized for each patient’s condition).
- Electrical Muscular Stimulation in the form of Interferential Therapy, Medium Frequency or Microcurrent (individualized for each patient’s condition).
It is the particular combination of therapies that is important. Although each by itself is powerful, they are often not enough individually to exact the change necessary to begin repair. With the combination we can see changes that bring you quality of life again. Please don’t wait any longer to begin!