Neuropathy Specialist

Center for Health: Christian Reichardt, DC

Integrative Medicine & Chiropractor located in Santa Monica, CA & Yucca Valley, CA

Peripheral neuropathy affects more than 20 million Americans today. In this condition, the nerves that relay information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body are damaged and unable to function normally. This can leave you with symptoms like tingling, numbness, and weakness in your extremities. At Center for Health in Santa Monica and Yucca Valley, California, your medical care providers can help you beat your peripheral neuropathy symptoms to enjoy maximum wellness. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which your peripheral nervous system (the system of nerves outside the brain and spinal cord) is damaged. Due to this nerve damage, nerve signals to and from the brain and spinal cord don’t get relayed properly. Often, this causes symptoms including:

  • Stabbing or throbbing pain in your feet, hands, legs, or arms
  • Freezing or burning sensation in your extremities
  • Numbness, especially in your feet
  • Coordination problems when walking

Many men and women who suffer from peripheral neuropathy have gradual symptom onset. It’s important to get help promptly when you notice symptoms because they generally worsen if left untreated.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

There are many possible causes of peripheral neuropathy, but one of the most common is diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy is the #1 complication of diabetes today.

Other possible causes of peripheral neuropathy include autoimmune diseases like lupus, medications, infections, and trauma from accidents. In some cases, there’s no known cause of peripheral neuropathy.

What is the treatment for peripheral neuropathy?

Center for Health can relieve your peripheral neuropathy symptoms in several ways. Because this condition can cause many symptoms, a multimodal approach is often the best way to resolve issues and help you regain full function.

Your Center for Health care providers may recommend chiropractic care, which focuses on correcting spinal imbalances. With proper spinal alignment, peripheral neuropathy symptoms like pain and burning can significantly decrease.

Clinical studies show that PRP may be very helpful in peripheral neuropathy treatment. PRP, which is derived from your own blood, is rich in growth factors that encourage healing and recovery. Your Center for Health care providers may also recommend other natural approaches to peripheral neuropathy, including massage therapy and physical therapy.

Of course, it’s important to manage underlying conditions like diabetes with the help of your medical doctor. If you have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which affects up to 70% of diabetes sufferers today, your symptoms are closely connected to your blood glucose levels.

For Type 2 diabetes sufferers, lowering blood glucose is sometimes possible with weight loss, dietary changes, and exercise. However, some Type 2 diabetes sufferers still need to take insulin to maintain a healthy blood glucose level and keep peripheral neuropathy symptoms under control.

Type 1 diabetes sufferers must take insulin to control their diabetes and its complications, including peripheral neuropathy. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you may find that regenerative medicine treatments like PRP are a great complement to your regular diabetes treatments from your medical doctor.

Schedule an appointment online or call the Center for Health office nearest you to get peripheral neuropathy help now.