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Understanding the Complications of Peripheral Neuropathy: Insights from Trinity Chiropractic

by | May 13, 2024

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the peripheral nerves, can lead to various symptoms ranging from pain and numbness to more severe motor and sensory disruptions. While the primary symptoms are often challenging enough, the complications arising from this condition can significantly impact one’s quality of life. At Trinity Chiropractic in Glendale, Arizona, we prioritize not only treating neuropathy but also educating our patients about potential complications and how to manage them effectively.

Common Complications of Peripheral Neuropathy

  1. Loss of Sensation and Injuries

One of the most common complications of peripheral neuropathy is the loss of sensation in the feet or hands. This numbness can make it difficult to feel temperature changes or pain from injuries. Patients might not notice small wounds, burns, or infections, which, if untreated, can lead to severe infections or even ulcers.

  1. Infection and Foot Damage

In people with severe neuropathy, especially diabetic neuropathy, foot health is a major concern. Loss of sensation can lead to unnoticed foot injuries, and poor blood flow can slow the healing process. These factors increase the risk of severe infections and even the possibility of needing an amputation.

  1. Falls and Mobility Issues

Peripheral neuropathy can cause muscle weakness and loss of reflexes, especially in the ankles and knees. These changes can impair one’s ability to walk or maintain balance, leading to a higher risk of falls. Falls are particularly dangerous for elderly patients, as they can lead to serious injuries like hip fractures or head traumas.

  1. Muscle Weakness

Over time, peripheral neuropathy can lead to muscle degradation and weakness. This can affect one’s ability to perform everyday activities such as walking, gripping objects, or standing up from a seated position, significantly affecting the quality of life.

  1. Autonomic Nerve Damage

In cases where neuropathy affects the autonomic nerves, patients may experience complications such as abnormal blood pressure and heart rates, digestive problems, and issues with sweating. Autonomic nerve damage can lead to difficulties in digestion (gastroparesis), urinary problems, and sexual dysfunction.

Managing Complications

At Trinity Chiropractic, our approach to managing the complications of peripheral neuropathy involves individualized care tailored to each patient’s needs. Here are some strategies we recommend:

  • Regular Monitoring and Care: Regular check-ups are essential to catch and treat minor injuries before they develop into more severe complications. This is particularly important for patients with diabetic neuropathy.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: We help patients adjust their lifestyles to manage their symptoms better and reduce risk factors. This includes dietary changes, physical therapy, and exercises designed to improve balance and strength.
  • Advanced Therapies: We utilize advanced therapeutic techniques such as high intensity laser therapy, low-level light therapy (LLLT), nerve reeducation and vibration therapy to improve nerve function and blood flow, potentially reducing the risk of complications.
  • Education and Support: We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their condition. Educating patients on the importance of foot care, symptom monitoring, and immediate treatment of potential issues is crucial for preventing severe complications.

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While peripheral neuropathy can lead to serious complications, understanding and early intervention can significantly reduce these risks. At Trinity Chiropractic, our goal is to provide effective treatments and educate our patients on how to manage their condition effectively, aiming for the best possible outcomes. If you’re experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, we’re here to help guide you on the path to better health and an improved quality of life.

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.