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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            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.

 

 

Other episodes you might enjoy:

Radicular Pain: Episode 22

Radicular Pain: Episode 22

Fall prevention & Balance: Episode 19

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Episode 70

  • In this episode: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is compression of nerves or blood vessels near the neck and shoulder resulting in pain, numbness, weakness and sometimes cold and blue hands or fingers.

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            Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is compression of the blood vessels or nerves resulting in pain, numbness, weakness and sometimes cold and blue hands or fingers. Compression is of the brachial plexus (a nerve bundle around the neck/armpit area, think sciatic nerve but of the arms) or the subclabian artery or subclavian vein.
            Signs and symptoms include numbness in hands and arms, pain in neck/shoulder/arms, hands, weak grip, possible muscle wasting in the hands (usually at the thumb). There can also be swelling in arms and hands, discoloration and or cold hands, weak pulse and sometimes throbbing near the collarbone.
            Causes of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome are trauma, repetivie motions, backpack or similar providing an external pressure, posture or anatomical changes and pregnancy. TOS is most commonly seen in females, about 70% of cases, and with individuals aged between 20-50 years of age.
            Typically with physical therapy symptoms can be lessened or reduced entirely. However, on occasion surgery is performed.

Other episodes you might enjoy:

Radicular Pain: Episode 22

Biceps Tendonitis: Episode 24

Intro to Rebound Therapy and Wellness Clinic: Episode 1

Cervicogenic Headache: Episode 10

Upper and Lower Extremity Posture: Episode 8

 

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome: Episode 65

  • In this episode: Carpel Tunnel Syndrome – symptoms, causes, types of treatment and who you should see first for treatment (it’s your local physical therapist).

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Brief except from the episode:

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is common. The big symptoms are tingling, numbness, pain and weakness in the hand. Symptoms are caused by compression of the median nerve. Historically this was thought as solely due to compression at the carpel tunnel, your wrist.
What we have found is that typically symptoms are caused by what is called a double crush. This means there is compression on the nerve at multiple sites. Most often at the neck and wrist. But compression can also occur at the shoulder or elbow as well.
Treatment wise we tend to work on mobility, especially at the neck and wrist. It is also important work on strength. Mostly of postural muscles shoulder, neck and upper back. Manual therapy at the wrist , neck, elbow and shoulder can also be beneficial.
In the past nerve gliding was thought to be a highly valuable treatment but over the last few years the evidence does not support its use. At times someone might benefit from it but it is no longer a go to treatment technique.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is sometimes treated with surgery. What is becoming apparent is that most cases do not benefit from surgery anymore then they do for physical therapy alone.
If you suspect you are dealing with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome go to your local physical therapist and have it checked out. The sooner you can take compression off the median nerve the sooner you will start to feel better.

Other episodes you might enjoy:

Intro to Rebound Therapy and Wellness Clinic: Episode 1

Intro to Rebound Therapy and Wellness Clinic: Episode 1

Radicular Pain: Episode 22

 

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