Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment in Clearwater, FL

Leaving neuropathy untreated is a risky gamble. Neuropathy is a degenerative disease that gets worse if left untreated. As damage continues, symptoms worsen and can become irreparable. Severe cases often lead to a significant loss of quality of life.

SwissWave is a revolutionary treatment that uses high-frequency sound waves to restore cellular function fast. The treatment can treat a variety of conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, which results in pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms and legs. 

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DO YOU SUFFER FROM PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY SYMPTOMS?

Peripheral Neuropathy is nerve damage of the hands or feet that typically causes:

Peripheral Neuropathy Statistics: 

So many people suffer from some type of PN each year.  Below are some important facts:

30 MILLION AMERICANS suffer from some type of PN (Nat. Inst. of Neuro Dis. & Stroke)

 

30-40% of all cancer patients have Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (Annuals of Neurology).

Around 23% of all neuropathy patients are diagnosed with idiopathic neuropathy. (Healthline)

Exposure to some toxic substances can make one susceptible to peripheral nerve damage. These substances include heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic and organic solvents; and certain medications, such as those used to treat cancer or AIDS.(Foundation for PN

What is peripheral neuropathy? 

Neuropathy, also known as peripheral neuropathy, is a term that is used to describe a variety of health conditions involving damage to the peripheral nerves, as well as the symptoms associated with those diseases.  Peripheral neuropathy is the term used to describe nerve damage outside the central nervous system, typically in the arms and legs. The term may refer to a variety of disorders that cause neuropathy, or it may be used to describe the symptoms of neuropathy in a particular disease. Common treatments for neuropathy may help reduce symptoms, but they do not reverse the condition.

 

Physicians use several different therapies to help patients with peripheral neuropathy, including pain relieving creams and ointments, physical therapy, and medications designed to reduce the pain of neuropathy symptoms. Additionally, many doctors recommend eating a diet rich in certain vitamins and minerals that may help ease neuropathy symptoms. Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can be caused by a variety of illnesses, including diabetes and even chemotherapy treatments.  While the set of disorders is irreversible, new treatments have recently emerged to help those afflicted by peripheral neuropathy manage or reverse the condition altogether.

 

“The most common type of neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy.  It affects the nerves in the hands, feet, legs, and arms. It generally starts in the feet, and it tends to start in both feet at once.”

(Source: American Diabetes Association)

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WHAT ARE THE NEUROPATHY TREATMENT OPTIONS?

When it comes to the treatment you mainly have 3 options: Drugs, surgery, or a regenerative program like ours.  Most people who try supplements, or as seen on TV devices or nutrition programs very often don’t get any improvements in neuropathy because it doesn’t stimulate healing.  Our SwissWave Therapy includes FDA Cleared devices that are scientifically proven to work.

 

SwissWave Method uses Shockwave technology that has been FDA-approved and is completely non-invasive, meaning it won’t disrupt your daily life- ZERO RECOVERY TIME! First, you’ll be evaluated with a small device that delivers the sound waves. Next, you’ll sit comfortably while the waves gently massage your cells and tissue. Finally, SwissWave will help you regain your quality of life by reversing the effects of neuropathy pain.

SwissWave works by applying non-invasive sound waves directly to the source of the problem to restore cellular function faster than traditional treatments. You see, neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged by certain conditions, including diabetes and kidney disease. As a result, you may experience numbness and tingling in your arms and legs. SwissWave helps to restore the balance of electrolytes within the cells, helping to address the underlying cause of neuropathy pain. 

The wissWave Method helps you to regain your independence faster than ever before! SwissWave Method uses patented shockwave therapy technology to deliver focused, non-invasive, pain-relieving energy to the affected area. It’s safe and effective for people with a wide range of conditions.

What is the peripheral nervous system?

Peripheral nerves are an integral part of the human nervous system. The nervous system consists of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system.  The job of the peripheral nervous system is to relay information between your brain and the rest of your body. The peripheral nervous system is divided into two main part the Autonomic nervous system (ANS) which controls involuntary bodily functions and regulates glands. And the Somatic nervous system (SNS) which controls muscle movement and relays information from ears, eyes and skin to the central nervous system (UCSD).  

What is the central nervous system?

The nervous system transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body, including internal organs. In this way, the nervous system’s activity controls all 5 of the senses – the ability to move, breathe, see, think and touch (sensation). The basic unit of the nervous system is a nerve cell, or neuron. A neuron has a cell body, which includes the cell nucleus, and special extensions called axons and dendrites. Bundles of axons, called nerves, are found throughout the body (NICHD).

What is the peripheral nervous system function?

When all of the elements of the peripheral nervous system work together, correctly, than information is transmitted and there will not be any weakness, numbness and/or pain. The specific functions of the peripheral nervous system covers three different areas.

CONVEY

Conveying motor commands to all voluntary striated muscles in the body.

CARRY

Carrying sensory information about the external world and the body to the brain and spinal cord (except visual information: the optic nerves, which convey information from the retina to the brain, are in fact outgrowths from the brain).

REGULATE

Regulating autonomic functions such as blood pressure or sweating (Science Direct).

MODERN MEDICAL PROBLEMS

THE PROBLEM WITH TAKING PRESCRIPTIONS PILLS FOR NEUROPATHY

  • Mask problem
  • Side effects
  • Condition worsens
  • Doesn’t treat root cause
  • Decrease in effectiveness over time
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What Happens When The Peripheral Nervous System Is Not Functioning Correctly?

Because the peripheral nervous system controls so much of our bodily functions the list of dysfunctions is long.  Briefly, the most common disorders and subsequent diseases are Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. 

 

The most common peripheral neuropathy symptoms are, a “pins and needle sensation”, weakness and numbness. 

What are the stages of Peripheral Neuropathy

In the early stages of peripheral neuropathy, patients typically present with progressive symptoms, including sensory loss, numbness, and pain or burning sensations in distal limbs in a “stocking and glove” distribution. Over time, the numbness may extend proximally, and mild distal muscle weakness and atrophy may occur. In disorders that cause acute peripheral neuropathy, such as those produced by toxic exposures, patients may present with similar but more fulminant symptoms, and pain predominates; symptoms also typically have a faster progression (AAFP)

Most instances of neuropathy are either acquired,(not genetic) Acquired neuropathies are either symptomatic (the result of another disorder or condition; see below) or idiopathic (meaning it has no known cause) (NINDS). There are many conditions or diseases that cause neuropathy (that should be discussed and diagnosed by a doctor):

Physical injury (trauma) – because the peripheral nervous system transmit signals throughout the body, when there is a physical injury to the nerves, one will experience neuropathy. A person could get physical injury to the nervous by playing sports, having an accident and/or falling. 

Diabetes is the leading cause of polyneuropathy in the United States. About 60 – 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of damage to sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves (NINDS). One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy in the U.S. is diabetes (URMC).

Vascular and blood issues – Having vascular problems can decrease oxygen supply to the peripheral nerves can lead to nerve tissue damage. Certain risk factors like smoking, obesity, alcoholism can further cause the thickening and scarring, impending blood flow and causing nerve damage. 

Autoimmune diseases, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks a number of the body’s own tissues, can directly target nerves or cause problems when surrounding tissues compress or entrap nerves.  Sjögren’s syndrome, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are some systemic autoimmune diseases that cause neuropathic pain.  

Autoimmune diseases – These diseases can attack nerves only are often triggered by recent infections. They can develop quickly or slowly, while others become chronic and fluctuate in severity. Damage to the motor fibers that go to the muscle includes visible weakness and muscle shrinking seen in Guillain-Barré syndrome and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. 

Hormonal imbalances can disturb normal metabolic processes, leading to swollen tissues that can press on peripheral nerves. 

Kidney and liver disorders – Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are frequently afflicted with neurological complications. These complications can potentially affect both the central and peripheral nervous systems. Common neurological complications in CKD include stroke, cognitive dysfunction, encephalopathy, peripheral and autonomic neuropathies (NCBI)

Nutritional or vitamin imbalances   – Symptoms of lack of vitamin B12 can cause serious anemia, nerve damage and degeneration of the spinal cord. It is common for anemia to develop first, but this is not always the case, especially if a person is taking a folate supplement. A lack of B12 damages the myelin sheath that surrounds and protect nerves. Without this protection, nerves cease to function properly and conditions such as peripheral neuropathy occur (Foundation for PN)

Certain cancers and benign tumors – Beyond the actual diseases like cancers and tumors, the treatments for cancers and tumors like chemotherapy and radiation can also cause Neuropathy.

Can you stop the progression of neuropathy?

Because neuropathy can be caused by specific conditions and risk factors it is important for a person to see a doctor, this will be the most effective way to eliminate symptoms and treat neuropathy.

 

Tampa’s Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy

 

Once a person gets diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy, it is critical they get treated properly to relieve symptoms and further discomfort. There are many effective treatments:

 

 Prescription medications – There are many medications one could take but they also come with side effects, don’t treat root cause and can decrease in effectiveness over time. The most common medications are: pain relievers, antidepressants and anti-seizure medications.

 

Therapies – surgery, physical therapy and Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

 

Eliminating risk factors – If at all possible it is recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle cutting out drinking, smoking, overeating and increasing exercise.

 

Shockwave Therapy – Shockwave therapy (https://alphamedgroupfla.com/swisswave-method/ ) is a non-invasive treatment, relieves the pain of peripheral nerve damage and promotes local arterial remodeling and cellular regeneration. It is also known as an effective treatment for enhancing muscle strength and decreasing muscle tone (NCBI) Shockwaves are sound waves that have specific physical characteristics, including nonlinearity, high peak pressure followed by low tensile amplitude, short rise time, and short duration (10 ms). They have a single pulse, a wide frequency range (0-20 MHz), and a high pressure amplitude (0-120 MPa).  High energy SWT or “true” shockwaves are classified as short duration (approx. 10msec) high energy pulses (5-100MPa) that break the sound barrier resulting in a shockwave.Shockwave Therapy can be a proven effective treatment when a trained medical professional (Physio-Pedia).  

 

Shockwave Information: The transmission of a shockwaves or of a pressure waves lead to effects on the tissue. The transformation of the physical energy into a biological response is similar to a cascade process. First the cell skeletal annexes are activated, which leads to the release of mRNA from the cell nuclei. This is followed by activation of cell organs such as the mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum and the cell vesicles, which release the specific proteins of the healing process (Efort Open Reviews)



Shockwave Therapy Effectiveness – If a patient receives treatment from a trained medical professional, by using radial ESWT deliver 2000 impulses at 2.5 bars (energy flux density 0.12 mJ/mm2) at 8 Hz for three sessions at weekly intervals, Shockwave Therapy can be extremely effective. Unlike medications, surgeries and other therapies, Shockwave Therapy has little to no known side-effects and patients normally don’t have to prepare previous to the treatments. Data shows it can stimulate blood flow and potentially help grow new blood vessels.

 

Shockwave Therapy Cost: Some insurance plans/companies might not cover the cost of treatments so patients can expect a cost of around $400 and $500 per treatment.

 

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