Neuropathy causes pain, numbness, and tingling that should never be ignored because nerve problems worsen the longer they go untreated. Dr. Kevin Gehin at CoreMedical can help relieve neuropathic pain and treat its underlying cause, using effective chiropractic techniques. To learn more about how chiropractic care alleviates neuropathy, call their office in Pittston, PA, or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy refers to any disease or malfunction that affects your nerves, so it’s a broad category that encompasses many different types of nerve problems. Neuropathies are classified according to the type of nerve affected or the disease that causes the problem. A few of the most common types of neuropathies are:
- Peripheral neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerves that travel from your spine to the rest of your body are damaged, affecting your arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, and toes.
- Diabetic neuropathy: Nerves are damaged when blood sugar stays higher than normal for an extended period.
- Proximal neuropathy: Nerve damage occurs in your shoulders, hips, buttocks, or thighs.
What causes neuropathy?
There are many possible causes of neuropathy including:
- Injury and trauma
- Autoimmune disease
- Endocrine disorders
- Chronic kidney or liver disease
- Viral and bacterial infections
How is neuropathy related to your back?
Neuropathy develops from any condition that compresses a nerve as it enters or exits your spine. Pinched nerves cause pain in your back and throughout your body. For example, a pinched nerve in your spine can cause pain, tingling, and numbness that radiates down your arms and legs.
How is neuropathy treated?
It’s important to get early treatment for neuropathy to prevent the condition from worsening. Over time, nerve pain causes biochemical changes in your brain. As a result, nerves become hypersensitive and begin to experience the slightest touch as severe pain; a condition called central sensitization.
The underlying cause of your neuropathy must always be treated. One of the best examples is diabetic neuropathy: The only way to prevent progressive neuropathy is to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
Do chiropractic treatments relieve neuropathy?
Chiropractic care is a very effective treatment when neuropathy is due to a compressed nerve in your spine. One type of chiropractic treatment, spinal manipulation, may also trigger the release of anti-inflammatory biochemicals that further relieve nerve pain.
Dr. Gehin is highly trained in many chiropractic techniques used to relieve neuropathy. Your customized treatment plan may include:
Spinal manipulation and decompression - These techniques reduce pressure in your spine, releasing pinched nerves.
Active release technique - Dr. Gehin massages or manually manipulates soft tissues to reduce pressure on the nerves.
Spine stabilization exercises - Dr. Gehin uses a series of progressive exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your spine.
Please call Dr. Gehin or book an appointment online at the first sign of neuropathy.