WHAT IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY? 

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in your hands and feet.  It can also affect other areas of your body. This condition is often debilitating, and due to the high number of possible causes, can be difficult to treat. The most common cause of the condition is diabetes, though peripheral neuropathy can also result from traumatic injury, infection, or exposure to toxins. 

 

SYMPTOMS OF PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

Every nerve in your peripheral system has a specific function, so symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected.  Nerves are categorized into three types: sensory nerves that receive sensation from the skin, such as temperature, pain, vibration, or touch; motor nerves that control how your muscles move; and autonomic nerves that control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, and bladder control.  Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:

·Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, which may spread upward into your legs and arms

·Sharp, jabbing, or burning pain

·Extreme sensitivity to touch

·Lack of coordination or balance, leading to falls

·Muscle weakness or paralysis (if motor nerves are affected)

·Heat intolerance; bowel, bladder, or digestive problems; changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness (if autonomic nerves are affected)

 

TREATMENT

Oral medications are rarely effective in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy because they do not address the underlying cause.  Dr. Askar has developed one of the most sophisticated and advanced treatment protocols found in Beaver, Butler, and Allegheny Counties.  This nonsurgical, drug-free treatment utilizes a combination of elements, including cold lasers, standard chiropractic care, vibration therapy, nerve stimulation, and electromedicine therapy.  The protocol produces results that have shown increased blood flow to the blood vessels; decreased pain, tingling, and burning; increased function/mobility; and tissue repair.