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How is Peripheral Neuropathy Diagnosed? Insights from Trinity Chiropractic

by | May 6, 2024

Peripheral neuropathy, a condition resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves, can cause pain, numbness, and weakness, primarily in the hands and feet. Understanding how this condition is diagnosed is crucial for timely and effective treatment. At Trinity Chiropractic in Glendale, Arizona, we employ a comprehensive approach to diagnose peripheral neuropathy, ensuring our patients receive the most effective care tailored to their specific needs. Here’s a closer look at how we diagnose this complex condition.

Step 1: Detailed Patient History

The diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy starts with a thorough patient history. During your visit, we will ask you about the symptoms you are experiencing, their duration, and any activities or conditions that may exacerbate or relieve these symptoms. We also discuss your medical history, including any chronic conditions like diabetes, infections, or exposure to toxins, all of which can contribute to neuropathy.

Step 2: Physical and Neurological Examinations

A physical exam is next, where we focus on your nerve function. This involves assessing your ability to feel certain sensations, balance, and coordination of your movements. A neurological examination helps us determine how well your peripheral nerves are communicating with your muscles and sensing external stimuli.

Step 3: Diagnostic Tests

To further pinpoint the type and extent of nerve damage, we may recommend diagnostic tests, including:

  • Nerve Conduction Study (NCS): This test measures how fast the nerves in your arms and legs conduct electrical signals. It helps identify the presence, location, and extent of nerve damage.
  • Blood Tests: These can detect diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, liver or kidney dysfunction, and other conditions that might be linked to neuropathy.
  • Imaging Tests: X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs can be used to look for herniated disks, tumors, or other abnormalities that may be pressing on nerves.

Step 4: Functional Assessments

At Trinity Chiropractic, we may also utilize functional assessments to evaluate how peripheral neuropathy affects your daily activities. These assessments help us understand the impact of neuropathy on your quality of life and guide our personalized treatment plan.

Step 5: Review and Diagnosis

After conducting these tests and evaluations, our team at Trinity Chiropractic will review all the information to make a diagnosis. Understanding the underlying cause of your neuropathy is essential for effective treatment. We take the time to explain your diagnostic results and discuss the best treatment options available to you.

Are You Suffering From Peripheral Neuropathy?

Diagnosing peripheral neuropathy involves a detailed evaluation of your symptoms, medical history, physical and neurological exams, and specific diagnostic tests. At Trinity Chiropractic, we are dedicated to providing a thorough diagnostic process to ensure that our patients receive personalized and effective care.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, don’t hesitate to contact us at Trinity Chiropractic. Our experienced team is here to help you regain your health and improve your quality of life through expert and compassionate care.

 

Dr. David Iszler

Dr. David Iszler graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1994. Dr. Iszler practiced in Casper, Wyoming for 24 years before selling his practice to move to Arizona. He now practices in Glendale, where he is blessed to serve families in the Northwest Valley. He and his wife, Sheryl, are also sought-after wellness speakers, sharing health and wellness advice with businesses and organizations in his community.