Peripheral Neuropathy is the term used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves. Even though over 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from this debilitating condition, accurate information about this multi-faceted disorder is hard to come by. Countless people continue to suffer needlessly simply because they are unaware that revolutionary advances in bio-technologies effectively treat and reverse damaged nerves without the need for mind altering pain medication, surgery or injections.
Neuropathy means “disease or abnormality of the nervous system,” which is not a very helpful definition. We need to think of neuropathy as any actual DAMAGE that has been done to the nervous system.
Take for example, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Herniated Discs and Strokes. Every single one of these conditions are insults to different areas of the nervous system, all with different symptoms. Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects all nerves of the body from the brain and eyes, the small nerves of the heart and digestive system, to the nerves in the hands, feet and legs. Approximately 50% of diabetics will develop the condition. Many people using statin pills or ‘cholesterol drugs’ will be affected by this mysterious and under-recognized malady.
What Really is Peripheral Neuropathy?
The peripheral nervous system is made up of the nerves that branch out of the spinal cord to all parts of the body.
Peripheral nerve cells have three main parts:
Any part of the nerve can be affected but damage to axons is most common. The axon transmits signals from nerve cell to nerve cell and nerve cell to muscle. Most axons are surrounded by a substance call myelin, which facilitates signal transmission. When the myelin gets worn down, nerve cell signals get interrupted.
There are two types of symptoms with peripheral neuropathy - negative and positive. Negative signs, which come first, are when damage to the nervous system brings about a LOSS of a particular function. For example: loss of reflexes, loss of strength and loss of sensation such as numbness. These negative signs are rarely detectable to the patient initially because the brain compensates for the difference in the losses as a form of protection.
Only after some time do sick and damaged nerves develop the positive signs of neuropathy; tingling, burning, biting, stabbing and shooting pains. This too is a brain-nervous system reaction, and unfortunately, this over reaction rips apart the fiber of the patients’ nerves doing further damage.
Each patient will describe their symptoms in their own individual language of “pain.” This can easily confuse a doctor not trained in the recognition and treatment of neuropathy patients. So the patient usually continues to suffer, going from doctor to doctor, to stronger and stronger doses of pills until they are either completely drugged up and “out of it” or lost in their own world of suffering.
Some neuropathies come on suddenly, others over many years. Many people are affected only by a weakness in the arms and legs that leads to difficulty standing, walking or getting out of a chair. The loss of sensation from the feet, ankles and toes contributes to patients not having a “good sense” of where their feet are in space (if they are touching the ground, for example) and this causes them to fall very easily.
These under-recognized sensory losses CAN ONLY be detected with a proper clinical exam. Premier Health of Summit has the necessary tools to uncover the underlying cause of this “silent” nerve damage.
Some patients will eventually become unable to walk at all. Others start with a tingling, pin pricking feeling that turns into deep sharp stabbing pains and burning electric shocks. These debilitating problems can also be at their worst at night while trying to sleep, because the PAIN never goes away.
In fact, once started it only gets worse.
Currently, ordinary medicine has no cure for Peripheral Neuropathy. The extremely powerful drugs currently dispensed to suffering patients do not treat the nerve damage. They numb the brain and simply mask symptoms in an effort to numb the pain. Most patients cannot tolerate a drugged existence but feel they have no other option against this horrifying pain. Sadly, the pain medications eventually stop working as the nerve damage continues to progress.
Peripheral Neuropathy CAN be reversed
but ONLY with the correct diagnosis and treatment plan for your UNIQUE body
How Our Treatment Works
In order to determine a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy and properly treat each individual and specific case, Dr. Anderson conducts an in depth evaluation in three ways: structurally, neurologically and metabolically. These three aspects of a patient’s body help determine exactly what is happening and provide necessary information to determine the proper treatment for each specific case.
All bodily functions are controlled by the nervous system. The brain and spine make up the central nervous system where information is sent and received. The peripheral nervous system takes this information and sends it out to the rest of the body. Any interference or stress within the nervous system can cause serious health issues. Understanding exactly where the message to the brain is malfunctioning helps determine how to correct it.
It is important to have a metabolic workup to check blood chemistry. This enables us to determine if you’re having an adverse reaction to certain foods which can cause inflammation. It will indicate if there are blood sugar problems, anemia, adrenal issues and many other metabolic imbalances. Knowing your blood chemistry helps facilitate effective nutritional changes that can be sustainable and encourage proper body functions.
Treatments to regenerate the nerves and coax them to function normally include:
Why Our Patients Get Long Lasting Results
When treating peripheral neuropathy, the goal is to reawaken the nerves, or remove any blockage so that the nerves once again function properly and send the appropriate signals to the brain. The reason our patients get results is simple…
We use more than a dozen cutting-edge treatment methods, often in synergistic combination, to provide our patients with the latest advances in non-invasive, painless, drug free bio-technologies available today.
Dr. Brian Anderson, DC, BCIM
47 Maple Street, Suite 108
Summit, NJ 07901
Monday-Friday: By appointment