If you’re one of the 20 million people experiencing pain, tingling, and numbness associated with peripheral neuropathy, Dr. Scott M. Lund can help. Dr. Lund is a highly-skilled and well-respected chiropractor who serves the residents of San Diego and North San Diego County at Lund Chiropractic in Encinitas, California. He can create an individualized treatment plan that effectively relieves your peripheral neuropathy symptoms without medication or surgery. Call Lund Chiropractic today to make an appointment or use their convenient, 24/7 online scheduling service.
What is peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder that involves your peripheral nervous system. This “system” contains the countless tiny nerves responsible for sending and receiving information to and from your brain and spinal cord.
The sensory division of your peripheral nerves tells your brain what your body is seeing, tasting, feeling, or sensing at any given moment. The motor nerves relay your brain’s instructions about how to react to the sensory input. This gives you the ability to move your hand away from an open flame that’s causing discomfort.
The autonomic peripheral nerves in your body control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, and digestive processes. When you have peripheral neuropathy, your peripheral nervous system isn’t functioning normally.
What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy often involve the legs and arms and might include:
- Numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands
- Sharp, throbbing, freezing or burning pain that may feel like an electrical shock
- Extreme sensitivity to touch or decreased sensation in an area
- Muscle weakness and wasting in your extremities when motor nerves are affected
- Loss of balance and decreased coordination
Peripheral neuropathy can involve as few as one or two nerves. Most often, however, peripheral neuropathy affects multiple nerves (polyneuropathy) in different locations. The symptoms are minimal at first but build in severity over time.
What causes peripheral neuropathy?
Rather than a single disease, peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage that’s caused by a variety of issues, including:
- Diabetes, kidney dysfunction, and liver disease
- Poor dietary choices that lead to vitamin deficiencies
- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Certain medications
- Trauma or pressure on the nerves caused by injury, improper posture, or spinal changes
Diabetes is the most common link to peripheral neuropathy, affecting about half of everyone diagnosed with this nerve disorder.
How can chiropractic care help?
Dr. Lund follows the chiropractic care model of delivering treatment that controls pain without unnecessary medication. He focuses on treating the whole-person, including the condition or lifestyle choices causing the neuropathy as well as the symptoms themselves.
Depending on the cause of your neuropathy symptoms, Dr. Lund may recommend a combination of treatments, including:
- Improved diabetic control with healthy nutrition
- Vitamin supplements, especially B vitamins, vitamin E, and niacin
- Chiropractic adjustments to relieve symptoms caused by spinal misalignment or disc issues
- Guided therapeutic exercises to improve balance and restore strength and mobility
- Therapeutic massage to reduce pain