Learn more about Neuropathy
As neuropathy specialists, we offer treatment for weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, commonly experienced in the hands and feet.
Anyone troubled with peripheral neuropathy will have damaged nerves that show symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, burning pain, and sometimes difficulty with their balance. Several problems within the body can cause nerve damage, including poor blood flow, excessive sugar levels in the bloodstream (diabetes), pesticide exposure, and chronic infections. Whatever the cause of the neuropathy is, treatment must be customized to the patient to bring about healing. At Boise Neuropathy, that is exactly our philosophy. We recognize everyone is an individual as they have their own specific set of circumstances.
Peripheral neuropathy in Boise
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy will generally show up in a specific area, and they may include any or all of the following:
- Burning pain
- Unusual loss of sensation
- Deep stabbing pain
- Balance Problems
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle weakness
It also sometimes happens that the body is mistakenly attacked by the immune system. When this happens, it can actually destroy some of the nerves which are associated with neuropathy. Because this is such a strong possibility for some patients, it’s essential that comprehensive testing is conducted, to pinpoint the actual cause of nerve damage.
Healing peripheral nerves
Neuropathy is not all doom and gloom either, because it is admittedly possible to heal peripheral nerves that have been damaged. Any healing process will focus on finding the cause of the nerve damage and fixing it. If this isn’t done effectively, the same kind of nerve damage will result eventually, and the healing will have been negated. Once the underlying cause of neuropathy has been identified, it becomes possible for recovery to take place.
Here are the factors that have to be identified before any healing can be brought about for a neuropathy victim:
- the underlying cause of the nerve damage
- the severity of the nerve damage
- types of damaged nerve fibers
It must be noted that everyone has both motor nerves and sensory nerves, and these will each have different responsibilities in the body. After two years of experiencing muscle weakness from neuropathy, any damage to the muscles is likely permanent.
Goals of treatment
The degree of treatment delivered to a neuropathy patient will largely be determined by how severe the damage to the nerves has been. As well as what specific nerve fibers have been damaged. Whenever treatment is delivered to a neuropathy patient, there will always be some primary goals that are targeted to bring about healing:
- decrease pain in the brain area
- stimulate damaged nerves (small fiber, large diameter, or motor nerves) so that balance can be improved and pain can be reduced
- optimize body conditions for healing the nerves
- increase circulation to the nerves.
One of the primary goals of neuropathy treatment is to establish an increased blood flow to all the nerves in the affected area, usually in the feet or the hands. This improved blood flow will help to rejuvenate the nerves naturally. If damage has not been too severe, it is entirely possible to have the patient’s hands and feet return to normal. All this can be done without the use of any surgery or addictive medications.
Neuropathy won’t magically disappear. But with the help of our team here at Optimal Spine & Posture in Boise, you don’t have to live with neuropathy. We offer an array of treatments that will have you enjoying your hobbies with little-to-no downtime.