Neuropathy is a general term meaning “nerve problem”. There are two main types of neuropathy and a variety of causes. The first type of neuropathy we will discuss has been the most common type for years but that is starting to change.
The first type is Large Fiber Mono-Neuropathy (Large Fiber meaning the bigger nerve bundles closer to the spine and Mono-meaning “one”). Large Fiber Mono-Neuropathy usually begins at the spine level, either the lower neck or lower back, and typically radiates down one arm or one leg.
The symptoms can be numbness, tingling and/or pain and most of the time will start in the shoulder or buttock region and then progressively begin to travel further down the affected arm or leg until reaching the hand/fingers or foot/toes.
The cause of this type of neuropathy is often trauma to the body like slips, falls, car accidents or other injuries that we can’t even remember and weren’t dealt with properly at the time and then start to affect us years or decades later.
The underlying cause in most cases is a problem involving the whole complex of spinal structures (muscles, ligaments, vertebrae, spinal discs) and first produce an abnormal alignment of the spine which causes pressure on the nerves which then causes the symptoms, or abnormal alignment causes increased pressure on the spinal discs (shock absorbing pads between every two spinal bones) and abnormally wears them causing a “bulging disc” which can contact the spinal nerves and cause the symptoms.
A bulging disc, if left untreated can worsen and eventually lead to a ruptured disc in which a jelly like substance in the center of the disc (think jelly doughnut) can start to leak out and hit the nerve(s) and cause severe pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and eventually loss of muscle function (i.e. drop foot).
If this type of neuropathy is not treated early enough, it usually ends up as a surgical case.
The second type of neuropathy is Small Fiber, Poly-Neuropathy. (Small Fiber meaning the smaller nerve bundles closer to the ends of the extremities and Poly – meaning “many” because there are many more nerves and nerve endings in these regions than there are closer to the spine).
This type is quickly becoming more and more prevalent and estimates are that it affects nearly 46.5 million Americans. This type of neuropathy is also know as Peripheral Neuropathy because it affects the nerves furthest away from the center of the body (like the lower arms, hands, fingers, lower legs, feet and toes).
Peripheral neuropathy is a progressive condition that typically affects the lower legs and feet and then can advance to the hands and fingers. Peripheral neuropathy is characterized by a trilogy of symptoms, usually numbness and tingling and eventually leads to debilitating balance problems. Pain is the variable with peripheral neuropathy. Some people never experience pain and for some people, pain is the first symptom to show up.
The pain of peripheral neuropathy varies from person to person. Some people have a burning type pain. For some it feels like electrical shocks. For others it’s like their feet are being torn apart.
Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves those are the nerves that go down into your arms hands legs and feet.
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Peripheral neuropathy, the nerve cell takes over every aspect of your life. It’s hard to walk, enjoy time with friends, and even sleep. The pain or discomfort disrupts your normal energy flow, and the attention you pay to pain can be exhausting.
If you have peripheral neuropathy, your nerve cells in your hands and feet have begun to malfunction. Your brain interprets these “misfires” as pain. Nerves in other parts of your body may also malfunction, leading to seemingly unrelated conditions like indigestion.
Each of these is related to those malfunctioning nerves impacting motor functions.
Peripheral neuropathy can make it hard to walk. You may feel like there are needles stabbing the tops or bottoms of your feet with each step. Many with this condition need to use a walker or other assistive devices to get around.
After receiving this treatment, many patients no longer need their walkers. They can increasingly get around without them.
Studies show improved relaxation, circulation, and reduced inflammation. Each of these contributes to enhanced mobility and motor function.
The most notable results that people experience is pain relief. Zahn Chiropractic delivers targeted pain relief to your limbs to create a healthier you. The benefits can be life-changing!