Those who suffer from numbness, weakness, or pain in their hands or feet may be suffering from neuropathy. The condition is caused by damage to peripheral nerves that send signals from the extremities to the brain and back. Nerve damage may be caused by a traumatic injury, vitamin deficiencies related to alcoholism, or diabetes.
Several steps must be taken to confirm a diagnosis of neuropathy. First, a patient’s medical history will be examined to determine if a patient may have been exposed to toxins or is taking medication that may be causing the issue. Next, the skin will be examined for ulcers or any other signs of the condition. Finally, tests will be conducted on muscles and nerves to determine if they are functioning properly.
Can Neuropathy Be Reversed?
Depending on the amount of nerve damage present, it may be possible to reduce or even eliminate the numbness, weakness, and pain related to neuropathy. For instance, those who consume a large amount of alcohol may start to feel better by eating food and drinking liquids loaded with electrolytes. Those who suffer nerve damage because of exposure to toxins in the ground or water may start to see their condition improve through a change in environment.
Addressing the Symptoms of Neuropathy
In the event that a patient’s neuropathy cannot be fully treated through the above modifications, there are ways to manage the pain associated with the condition. While many individuals go the traditional route that entails pain medication such as Oxycontin or Tramadol, others opt for a safe and drug-free approach. Such a treatment plan may involve regenerative pulse infrared light and laser therapy that stimulates nerve cells and facilitates tissue repair.
Those who are suffering from pain to the hands or feet may wish to speak with neuropathy pain relief experts, such as the team of doctors and therapists at MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center in Paramus, Northern NJ. Speaking with a neuropathy professional may make it possible to get a definitive diagnosis and embark on a treatment plan that can eliminate the condition or help those with neuropathy better manage their symptoms.
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