Neuropathy Treatment in Stuart, FL

Dr. Randy Hansbrough, DC is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, is Certified in Neuropathy Care by the American College of Physical Medicine, and is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, focuses on helping  adults suffering from NEUROPATHY.   For over 32 years, Dr. Hansbrough has worked primarily with patients who suffer from Neuropathy in the Stuart Florida, Treasure Coast area, around Florida and the United States.

Did you know that, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 20 million people in the United States have some form of neuropathy? There is a good chance that – at some point in your life – you will meet someone who is dealing with the pains of this condition. Maybe that person is you.

*THE FACTS *

There are over 100 types of neuropathy.

60% to 70% of those with diabetes will develop neuropathy.

30% to 40% of individuals taking chemotherapy will develop neuropathy.

30% of those with HIV will suffer from neuropathy.

Neuropathy can occur at any age, with the majority being over the age of 40.

Neuropathy: what is it?

We have nerves that run through our entire bodies. They carry signals from our brain telling us to move, to feel, to control, etc. But what happens when these nerves are no longer able to perform their job? What if they can no longer adequately carry the message? Or worse, what if they carry the wrong message?

Neuropathy is a chronic, debilitating condition that many individuals suffer with – receiving little relief. It occurs when there is a disruption in the normal activity and behaviors of your nerves and nervous system. Certain events, trauma, or health situations can cause the nerves to become damaged and unable to work properly.

With neuropathy, your nerves can be damaged in one of three ways.

  • The nerves may signal when they shouldn’t.
  • The nerves may carry erroneous messages throughout the body, confusing the function.
  • Or the nerves may entirely stop signaling.

Because each person feels the nerve activity differently and there are so many ways in which their function can be disrupted, the degree to which neuropathy will alter one’s life varies from person to person. It is important to note, however, that neuropathy is rarely life-threatening.

Neuropathy: The peripheral type

There are several different types of neuropathy, each affecting a different part of the body. Peripheral, Cranial, Autonomic, and Focal are the major types that occur. The most common, however, is peripheral neuropathy.

See, the nervous system in our body consists of two parts: the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The latter refers to those nerves that travel from the brain and spinal cord to all other areas of the body. This means there is a great chance that nerve damage can cause trouble in many different areas.

Peripheral neuropathy gets its name as it refers to the nerves that are part of the peripheral nervous system. Because of its vastness, it makes sense that peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of neuropathy.

Wondering what the areas are that are most often affected? It seems that the individuals seeking neuropathy pain relief are most often experiencing pain in the body’s extremities: toes, hands, feet, legs, fingers, and arms.

Neuropathy: Where does it come from?

Neuropathy doesn’t just appear. It isn’t the type of condition that results from something else. Sometimes the cause is evident, other times, it is not. Neuropathy without a known cause is referred to as idiopathic neuropathy.

Most commonly, neuropathy results from:

  • Trauma, such as falls, car accidents, or sports-related injuries.
  • Diabetes
  • Lyme disease.
  • Thyroid conditions and other hormonal imbalances.
  • Autoimmune disorders, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Chemotherapy
  • Vitamin deficiency, particularly vitamins E, B1, B6, B9, and B12.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol.

Neuropathy: What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of neuropathy vary for each person. It can occur in different parts of the body, so the ailments experienced may be different from one case to the next. There are, however, a few symptoms that are frequently reported. These are:

  • Tingling and numbness, especially in the hands and feet.
  • Loss of coordination.
  • Changes in sensation, unable to feel pain, touch, or temperature.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Muscle twitching, cramps, or spasms.
  • Loss of muscle control.
  • Frequent falling.

In other words, neuropathy can affect your motor, sensory, and autonomic nerves.

Then there are those symptoms that may signal a neuropathy problem, but could also very well be the result of many other conditions. These include:

  • Abnormal blood pressure or heart rate.
  • Lack of sweating.
  • Difficulty urinating.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Sexual dysfunction.
  • Dizziness or fainting.

Neuropathy: What is The treatment?

Every day people are showing up in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities seeking neuropathy pain relief. After all, neuropathy can be a great inconvenience to one’s life. The worse the pain gets, the more neuropathy relief is sought.

Sadly, there is not much to be done to provide this relief. And, there is no dedicated neuropathy treatment. In fact, although this condition is widespread, the treatment options available are rather slim – especially since there is no real cure.

Thankfully, though, there are some natural methods and lifestyle changes that can be used to bring neuropathy pain relief. For example, staying active, consuming proper nutrition, and participating in physical therapy may help relieve your symptoms.

But, let’s be honest here. Neuropathy does not just occur. That means there is an underlying cause for why you have peripheral neuropathy in the first place! Getting to the root of that problem will likely, in turn, help with your nerves.

Neuropathy relief can only truly occur when a whole-body approach to healing takes place. That means looking at all aspects of your health and taking steps to heal from the inside out.

You’ve found a great place to start.

If you are seeking neuropathy pain relief, you have come to the right place. Living with peripheral neuropathy is no fun – and you shouldn’t let it steal your joy. Although it may not feel like it now, you are taking the first step toward neuropathy relief.

Dr. Randy Hansbrough is a board certified chiropractic neurologist recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the international gold standard for post-doctoral specialties. Neuropathy is an area he focuses on, and he and his team take a natural approach to neuropathy. With an in-depth look at your overall health, he will be able to help you get on the right path to feeling your very best. Learn more with a free, 30-minute consultation with Dr. Hansbrough.

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