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Peripheral Neuropathy: What is It & How Does it Affect the Body

Peripheral Neuropathy

Your peripheral nervous system connects the nerves from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. These nerves can begin to break down and eventually affect your extremities like your hands, feet, legs, and arms.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, peripheral neuropathy refers to any conditions that involve degeneration of the peripheral nervous system, its connection to the central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord), as well as all other parts of the body.

Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder that occurs when these connective nerves are damaged or destroyed, causing them to misfire and malfunction. When you have peripheral neuropathy, your nerves can malfunction in the following ways:

  • Loss of signals sent (numbness, weakness)
  • Pain and sensation signaling when there shouldn’t be any (itching, burning, tingling, soreness)
  • Distorted messages being sent

Symptoms which may include pain, itching, tingling, burning sensations, weakness, and numbness may start to affect your extremities like your hands, feet, legs, and arms.

Common Symptoms

About 20 million Americans have some form of peripheral neuropathy; it is estimated that many more people are living with this degenerative disease; however, many of the symptoms associated with the condition are overlooked or misdiagnosed.

The symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy can range from mild to debilitating, even to life-threatening in rare cases. Symptoms can also take days, weeks, or even years to start physically showing signs of nerve damage. Depending on the type of nerve(s) being affected by peripheral neuropathy, different symptoms may occur. The following symptoms are most commonly associated with signs of peripheral nerve damage.

  • Burning or itching sensations.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Feeling as though you are wearing socks or gloves when you aren’t
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, arms, or legs.
  • Sharp, throbbing, or burning pain.
  • Hypersensitivity to touch.
  • Paralysis.
  • Loss of coordination and falling.

Non-Invasive Treatment Options

Treatment options for peripheral neuropathy depend on the type of nerve damage you have, your symptoms, as well as the location of your nerve damage. Though surgery, medication, and physical therapy are some of the most commonly known treatment options, there is biomedical technology that offers non-invasive treatment options for peripheral neuropathy with almost immediate results.

At ReGen Medical Dallas, we offer this innovative medical technology that helps the body to heal itself rather than just treating or masking the symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy.

High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT)

High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT) is an FDA-cleared treatment that uses light energy to stimulate the healing process at a cellular level. Laser stimulation helps the body to produce the necessary energy for nerve regeneration and inflammation reduction.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), also known as Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyAct), uses soundwaves to relieve tension in stiff joints, muscles, and tendons.

Sound waves with high energy impact are able to cause biochemical changes in the affected tissue, resulting in localized cell regeneration. This increases blood flow and reduces inflammation.

Benefits of Biomedical Technology

At ReGen Medical Dallas, we use state-of-the-art biomedical technology that helps stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Some benefits of our non-invasive treatment over other options include:

  • Reduced inflammation and swelling
  • Improvement of nerve function
  • Long-lasting pain relief/pain reduction
  • Tissue repair and regeneration
  • Immediate results in most cases
  • No side effects
  • No downtime
  • And more

Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment in Dallas

At ReGen Medical Dallas, our approach to pain management promotes healing by addressing the source of the pain through noninvasive treatment to help patients to live without pain. To learn more about how our technology can help your peripheral neuropathy or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (214) 855-7750.