Neuropathy: Episode 118

Neuropathy

  

  • Neuropathy occurs when peripheral nerves are damaged. This can happen for a number of reasons ranging from diabetes, infections, chemotherapy and drug or alcohol abuse.

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Brief overview of the episode:

            There are upwards of 20 million American dealing with neuropathy. This is a condition that can affect sensory, motor and autonomic nerves, usually of the feet and hands. It can present in 3 forms, mononeuropathy, multiple –mononeuropathy and the most common version poly-neuropathy.

            With each version symptoms are typical fairly similar, loss of sensation, pain, weakness, coordination issues and possibly bowel and bladder problems. Most people who are affected are 60 years old or older. But this is a condition that can affect anyone.

            Some causes of neuropathy include diabetes, infections, toxin exposure, poor nutrition, alcoholism and kidney failure. Typically pain is the first symptom. This can be sharp, throbbing, aching or burning. As symptoms progress typically pain lessens but numbness and sensation changes worsen.

            Treatment for neuropathy usually begins with treating the underlying cause. So managing diabetes, infections and kidney failure is highly beneficial. Physical therapy plays a role in working to up train limitations to help with balance and falls prevention.

 

 

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