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Neuropathy is the term used to describe a problem with the nerves, usually the “peripheral nerves” as opposed to the central nervous system (e.g., the brain and spinal cord). Peripheral neuropathy is a common disease caused by nerve deterioration.
Neuropathy is seen with a number of different underlying medical conditions, including diabetes.
Neuropathy is preventable only to the extent that the underlying condition or cause is preventable.
For those with diabetes, long-term control of blood glucose levels is critically important in preventing the development of neuropathy and other complications of diabetes. Further, take care of your feet and check daily for blisters, cuts or calluses. Neuropathy that arises due to poor nutrition or alcohol abuse may be preventable if these causes can be eliminated. Of course, genetic or inherited causes of neuropathy are not preventable.
Impacting the body’s ability to send messages, neuropathy causes patients to suffer from a range of neurological symptoms. These may include burning, tingling, itching, clumsiness and severe pain. Since the term neuropathy covers a wide area and many nerves, the symptoms it causes depends on the type of nerves that are affected:
To identify the severity of the condition, our experts examine a patient’s symptoms, general health, family medical history, and any other relevant factors. Then, they provide a thorough physical exam—looking at the skin thoroughly, checking the pulses, testing sensation, examining tendon reflexes, and so on. Then, your physician decide that you need a nerve conduction study or electromyography.
We may use MLS Laser Therapy, a painless, non-invasive application of light energy, which is proven to deliver results for neuropathy and similar nerve conditions. As our MLS Laser Therapy system penetrates the skin, it promotes cellular regeneration, decreased inflammation and a reduction in neuropathy symptoms. Depending upon the severity of their condition, patients report pain relief, improved nerve function and a “quieter” nervous system. Diabetic foot checks are recommended to be done every six months by a podiatrist or foot/ankle physician in order to ensure that the foot is well taken care of and problems or infections are not developing in the foot due to neuropathy.