Peripheral Neuropathy 

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Peripheral Neuropathy comes about from many different causes.  These causes are also known as risk factors.  these risk factors are divided into three differentcategories.  They include metabolic (also know as chemical), mechanical (also known as compressive), and genetic (also known as hereditary).  Each of them creates their own set of unique challenges for those who suffer with neuropathy.

Diabetes is by far one of the largest causes of neuropathy of patients we see in our office - and the problem is growing steadily worse as this really nasty disease is affecting more and more people at an earlier age.  Nearly 60% of all people with diabetes develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy. 

As if the pain, numbness and swelling that goes along with diabetic neuropathy isn't bad enough by itself, many people develop ulcers and gangrene, with nearly 86,000 people in the United Staes experiencing diabetic related amputations each year.

Adding to the metabolic and chemical causes, a large percentage of people who have undergone chemotherapy also develop peripheral neuropathy, as many chemicals aimed at killing cancer cells also damge peripheral nerve cells.  Also, in the chemical category are things such as liver and kidney disorders, alcoholism, as well as individuals unknowingly causing or contributing to their neuropathy by taking some very common prescription drugs.
The next category are the mechanical (aka compressive) forms of neuropathy.  These causes are also very common, and most often result from mechanical joint problems that compress the nerves as they emit from the spine (or are compressed inside other joints) before they reach their final destinations in the extremities. 

We've all heard of the very common and painful condition known as sciatica.  Sciatica is a form of neuropathy which causes pain and/or numbness in the back or leg(s); a condition that is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve as it emits from the lower spine, usually due to disc bulges, disc herniations, mechanical misalignment of the vertebra, or because of disc degeneration; also known as spinal arthritis (another mechanical joint problem of the spine).  The nerve transmissions become disrupted, much like what happens to water flowing through a hose if you put a kink in it - the normal flow of the water ceases.  In the nerve, this disruption results in numbness, pain or both.

Another form of mechanical neuropathy is that of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, where the nerve is mechanically compressed in the wrist (or neck)often resulting in pain, numbness or weakness of the hand or fingers.  In fact, any nerve that becomes compressed due to mechanical joint problems, whether it be the back, neck or otherwise, and causes a disruption of the tissue function the nerve serves, is scientifically known as neuropathy.  Restless Leg Syndrome is another such condition that is frequently caused by compresive joint problems.

Moving from the most to the least common, the final category of neuropathies are those caused by a genetic or hereditary factor. They include neurological challenges such as Friedriech's Ataxia and Charcot Marie Tooth Disease.  These are fairly rare and, while very significant to those afflicted, make up less than 1% of neuropathies.  They also make up some of the most challenging and difficult cases. 

Multiple Sclerosis, while not necessarily known to always be hereditary, is also a form of neuropathy.

If you would like to learn more about our new neuropathy treatment
approach that has already helped hundreds of Miami County area residents,
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Jack D. Adrian, B.S., D.C., F.C.T.S.                                    2850 S. Co. Rd. 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373                (Across the street from Erwin Chrysler)
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