What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition in which your peripheral nerves (the nerves that aren’t in your spinal cord and brain) don’t work correctly. It can cause chronic pain and other unpleasant symptoms.
Around 21 million people in the United States have peripheral neuropathy. The leading cause of this problem is diabetes, where high blood sugar damages the nerves and causes pain and numbness in your feet and lower legs. You might also experience balance problems and uncomfortable feelings like tingling, burning, and prickling.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which affects more than 8% of the population, can be quite disabling. It can also lead to serious complications, such as diabetic ulcers. These raw, painful wounds on your lower legs and feet develop when the skin breaks down and are very difficult to heal. Infected ulcers can sometimes lead to amputation.
What other problems can cause neuropathy?
There are many other potential causes of peripheral neuropathy, some of which include:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Shingles (which causes postherpetic neuralgia)
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Lyme disease
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
- Bone marrow disorders
- Kidney disease
- Connective tissue disorders
- Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Exposure to poisons
- Vitamin B and E deficiencies
Injured or compressed nerves are a common cause of neuropathy. It could be a thickened ligament, a bone spur, or even a tumor that compresses the nerve, causing it to malfunction. Many people have idiopathic neuropathy, which means there’s no identifiable cause.
How is neuropathy treated?
Patients with neuropathy can benefit from one of the most advanced forms of therapy at Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas. Their RST-Sanexas neoGEN® device uses a painless, noninvasive cell signaling technology to relieve pain.
Cell signaling encourages healing in damaged cells by vibrating them using certain types of sound waves. This happens at the atomic and subatomic levels. After repeated treatments over several weeks, even patients who’ve endured neuropathy for 10 years or more have felt significant improvement in their pain.
Many patients at Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas stop using their walking aids, become more active, and no longer need pain medications after their treatment. They also sleep better and find other problems like balance issues disappear.
To find out more about cell signaling treatment for peripheral neuropathy and see how it could benefit you, call Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Las Vegas today or book an appointment online.