Unexplained pain in the hands or feet? It may be Peripheral Neuropathy.
You could be suffering from peripheral neuropathy. Around 42 million Americans are thought to suffer from this painful nerve condition, but only half are aware they have it.
Peripheral neuropathy is a complex condition that manifests in a number of ways. Depending on the source, it can cause symptoms like pain, burning, tingling, ‘pins and needles’, prickling, hot and cold sensations, and numbness. These symptoms tend to get worse over time, usually starting in the feet and legs and progressing to the hands and arms.
Symptoms come from an impairment in the peripheral nervous system. Normally, the system would transmit signals from the brain to the extremities via the nerves, but in cases of peripheral neuropathy, these nerves are damaged and the signals are distorted.
Exactly what causes this damage is not well understood, but injury, hardening of the arteries, chemotherapy, diabetes, and alcohol abuse are all known to play a contributing role.
Do you have peripheral neuropathy?
If you haven’t yet consulted a doctor, it’s a good idea to do so. At Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA, we are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder and are able to help you establish whether your pain, tightness, hot/cold sensations, or balance problems are due to peripheral neuropathy.
If you have spoken to a doctor about your nerve pain, you might have been told you’re suffering from polyneuropathy, mononeuropathy, idiopathic neuropathy, alcoholic neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, or another nerve-related term. If so, you’re suffering from peripheral neuropathy.
What can you do about it?
The consensus among general physicians is that peripheral neuropathy is untreatable. While they may give you painkillers or nerve blockers to manage the symptoms, it’s likely you’ve been told that you’ll have to learn to live with your condition.
The good news is that is no longer true. While peripheral neuropathy is considered to be incurable, many doctors are unaware of a revolutionary treatment method that can restore quality of life and revers the signs and symptoms in the vast majority of PN sufferers.
The treatment is called Realief, a laser therapy technique developed in conjunction with University of Minnesota. Designed to fortify the nerve cell membranes, it’s the only treatment with published medical studies that shows restoration of function and reversal of symptoms in peripheral neuropathy.
How Realief works
The Realief system of care takes advantage of the photoelectric effect of produced by laser that when properly applied can change the chemical, physiological, mechanical, and structural make-up of the nerve membrane, repairing damage to the nerve and the surrounding tissues. This means less pain and discomfort for you.
Unlike traditional laser therapy methods, Realief is supported by a proprietary intelligent software system. As you receive treatment, the system ‘learns’ about your condition and monitors your progress. Based on an extensive database of peripheral neuropathy patients, the software adjusts your treatment in real time, tailoring your therapy to your exact individual needs.
Because we believe in taking a holistic approach to pain management, we recommend a range of complementary treatments alongside Realief. We look for other sources of nerve pain (such as our low back), and depending upon your case try to reverse any underlying conditions such as vascular disease or nutritional deficiencies. Since many patients with peripheral neuropathy have change is how they walk they have associated weakness in their ligaments and degenerative changes in their joints. For these conditions we offer regenerative therapies like prolotherapy, amnion growth factors, and platelet rich plasma (PRP) (include link) to encourage the regrowth and repair of damaged tissues. In select cases stem cell may also be considered. Since balance, co-ordination, and muscle dysfunction often co-exists with peripheral neuropathy, we also offer physiotherapy and exercise treatment to restore proper function as well.
Try Realief for yourself
You don’t have to accept pain and discomfort. If you’re suffering from the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, speak to the friendly team at Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA’s Realief Neuropathy Center in Greenville, South Carolina to find out how we can help.
Piedmont PMR is the only office in the region that offers this pioneering therapy. Call our office now on 864-235-1834 now to arrange your consultation and try Realief for yourself.