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What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

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Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition of the peripheral nerves of the hands and feet that typically causes numbness, tingling, burning, shooting pain, and a variety of other symptoms. Many patients also report experiencing restless legs or throbbing, cramping pains in their hands or feet and balance problems. They often find it difficult to sleep, drive or perform other hobbies or activities that require them to be active and mobile.  In a majority of cases, neuropathy symptoms continue to progressively degenerate and get worse with time.  Some severe cases may lead to amputation or require the use of canes, walkers or wheelchairs due to a lack of balance and falls.


Peripheral Neuropathy in Woodbury

Loss of balance and injuries related to poor balance are a serious concern. Hip fractures, broken arms and concussions can all occur because of poor balance related to loss of foot sensation. A study by Richardson et. al. found diabetics with EMG-confirmed peripheral neuropathy were 23 times more likely to report instability resulting in a fall or injury. It’s important to recognize this very real danger and work toward prevention. Our program incorporates fall prevention activities.

It’s not always easy to pinpoint the cause of Peripheral Neuropathy as number of factors can contribute. Peripheral neuropathy can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, alcoholism, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins such as chemotherapy just to name a few. One of the most common causes is diabetes but a large majority of peripheral neuropathy cases are considered “idiopathic”, meaning unknown cause.

Poor micro blood circulation may also be a major contributing factor that leads to neuropathy. Diabetics are especially susceptible to neuropathy due to the damage high sugar levels may inflict on the small vessels responsible for delivering blood to the nerves. High glucose levels are believed to adversely affect the amount of oxygen provided to the nerves thus leading to neuropathy.

Neuropathy is a progressive condition, meaning it tends to get worse with time. If left untreated for too long, the nerve damage can reach a point where there is simply nothing that can be done. This is why early detection of peripheral neuropathy is critical to getting the best results.

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Woodbury Neuropathy Care
700 Commerce Drive #120B
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 731-9743