Some neuropathies come on suddenly, others gradually over many years. The symptoms depend on the types of nerves affected and their location, but the problem usually starts with weakness, numbness or pain. Here are some of the telltale signs people describe.
Numbness, tingling, and pain: the sensory nerves, when damaged, can cause many different symptoms. Early on, you may have spontaneous sensations, called paresthesias which include numbness, tingling, pins and needles, prickling, burning, cold, pinching, sharp, deep stabs, electric shocks, or buzzing. They are usually worse at night, often painful and severe.
Weakness in the arms or legs is usually caused by damage to the motor nerves, leg symptoms include difficulty walking or running, "heaviness" - it takes most of your strength just to climb the stairs.
Absence of position sense: When you have this symptom, you're probably not sure just where your feet are and may thus be uncoordinated and unsteady when you walk. Or you may realize that the way you walk has changed, but not be sure exactly how or why.
Symptoms of Autonomic Damage: Damage to the autonomic nerves can cause dizziness when standing up, constipation, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, and thinning of the skin, with easy bruisability and poor healing.
A. THE ACQUIRED NEUROPATHY
Diabetic Neuropathies Diabetes is the most common known cause of neuropathy. In most cases, the neuropathy is predominantly sensory, with pain and sensory loss in the hands and feet.
Immune-Mediated NeuropathiesSometimes, for unknown reasons, the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the body such as the peripheral nerves. This is "autoimmune" Peripheral Neuropathy. There are several different types, depending on the part of the peripheral nerve which is attacked and the type of the immune reaction.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME TYPES OF IMMUNE MEDIATED NEUROPATHY:
-Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). -Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)-Neuropathies Associated with Vasculitis or Inflammation of the Blood Vessels in Peripheral Nerve -Chronic Polyneuropathy with antibodies to Peripheral Nerves -Neuropathies associated with Monoclonal Gammopathies
Neuropathies Associated with Tumors or Neoplasms
Neuropathy Associated with Amyloidosis Amyloid is a substance which is deposited in the peripheral nerves and interferes with their operation: the disorder is Amyloidosis.
Neuropathies caused by Infections Peripheral Neuropathies can be caused by infection of the peripheral nerves. Viruses that cause Peripheral Neuropathy include the AIDS virus HIV-I, which causes slowly progressive sensory neuropathy, Herpes Zoster which causes Shingles, and Poliovirus which causes a motor neuropathy. Hepatitis B or C infections are sometimes associated with vasculitic neuropathy.
Neuropathy in Kidney DiseasesSuch as kidney failure.
Neuropathies caused by Nutritional Imbalance Deficiencies of Vitamins B12, B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), or E can produce Polyneuropathy with degeneration of peripheral nerve axons.
Neuropathy caused by Alcohol and Toxins Certain toxins can cause Peripheral Neuropathy. Lead toxicity is associated with a motor neuropathy; arsenic or mercury cause a sensory neuropathy, Thalium can cause a sensory and autonomic neuropathy.
Neuropathies caused by Drugs
Neuropathies caused by trauma or compression Localized neuropathies can result from compression of nerves by external pressure or overlying tendons and other tissues. The best known of these are the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which results from compression at the wrist, and cervical or lumbar radiculopathy (Sciatica) which result from compression of nerve roots as they exit the spine.
B. HEREDITARY NEUROPATHIES
-Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease (CMT) -Familial Amyloidotic Neuropathy and other Hereditary Neuropathies
Monochromatic Infrared Energy (MIRE) is fitted into flexible pads that are directly applied to the skin on the feet, legs, hands, or any part of the body where it is needed. When the energy device is applied infrared (light) energy penetrates up to two inches deep to release Nitric Oxide from hemoglobin, which then dilates blood vessels, helps the nerves function, and reduces pain.
Published clinical studies have shown that infrared therapy is extremely successful in treating the pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and lack of sensation that are common with neuropathy. This therapy has been used on thousands of patients and has been tested by NASA.MIRE; infrared light can be captured with a digital camera.
Treatment results could be maximized by the use of LASER Therapy and special kinds of Electrical Stimula. Special circulatory exercises are used as-well-as strengthening exercises to enforce the program of treatment.
When the laser is applied to tissue, it is absorbed in the mito chondria and cell membrane. It then will be converted into energy called ATP that accelerates tissue repair, promotes nerves functions, reduce pain and accelerate resolution of inflammation.
The cost of a visit will vary from person to person because each person's treatment is different. During the initial visit, the Physical Therapist will establish the treatment program for your NEUROPATHY based on the thorough evaluation.
We accept Medicare / Blue Cross-Blue Shield / PPO's, and most other insurances. You can call your physician to get a prescription, or you need to visit your doctor in order to obtain one if you haven't seen him in a long time.