Neuropathy at Sycamore Integrated Health
Neuropathy Testing & Treatment in Sycamore, IL: Neuropathy is a condition in which a patient experiences nerve damage, specifically involving the nerves that transfer information from the brain/spinal cord to the rest of the body. These nervous system disorders often result in neuropathic pain. This pain, ranging from moderate to chronic/severe, is typically accompanied by burning/shooting sensations/pain within the feet and hands. If you’re seeking treatment for neuropathy in the Sycamore- Dekalb Area, consider the benefits of Class IV Laser therapy at Sycamore Integrated Health. This laser therapy has yielded positive results when it comes to the treatment of the complication.
What is Neuropathy?
Commonly referred to as “peripheral neuropathy,” the condition is common with those dealing with communication-related issues from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Nerve damage that impinges message transfer within the body often results in complications such as:
- Restricted muscle movements
- Frequent/chronic pain
- Burning sensations
- Tingling/numbness within the arms, legs, hands and feet
There are several forms of neuropathy, and each type has similar and different side-effects from one another. With treatment for neuropathy in the Sycamore-Dekalb area, you’ll be able to identify whether or not you have the following variations of neuropathy:
- Mononeuropathy: Spontaneous trauma to the body or periodic/repetitive movements can stimulate this type of neuropathy. Mononeuropathy damages a single peripheral nerve, as opposed to several different nerves. The most common type of mononeuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Autonomic Neuropathy: Neuropathy can also target internal organs and create complications within the body. This is known as autonomic neuropathy and it often develops concurrent issues such as low blood pressure. Autonomic neuropathy is considered to be the least common variation of the condition.
- Polyneuropathy: Considered the most common type of neuropathy, polyneuropathy corrupts several peripheral nerves throughout your body. Catalysts for the condition can include the following:
- Alcohol abuse for an extended period of time
- Poor nutrition – primarily a lacking of vitamin B intake
- Severe complications (i.e. cancer, kidney failure)
Testing for Peripheral Neuropathy
A neurological evaluation that consists of a number of simple and painless tests is usually performed to diagnose peripheral neuropathy. NCV and EMG testing is also performed. Depending on your symptoms and the outcome of the neurological evaluation/tests, you may encounter other tests that can determine what type of peripheral neuropathy you have.
How can the Class IV Laser assist me?
Just as it sounds, Class IV Laser therapy uses a Class IV laser (red & infrared light) in order to help your cells regenerate tissue. Cleared by the FDA in 2002, Class IV Lasers are able to replenish cells that have been drained of water/nutrients. Class IV Laser Therapy delivers specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light, causing heat to be felt in the area of treatment. Class IV Laser Therapy accelerates the healing process by increasing circulation to the area of treatment, resulting in an optimal healing environment by reducing inflammation, pain, and scar tissue development. In the management of both chronic and acute pain, Class IV Laser Therapy can help provide relief for many conditions by:
- Increasing cellular metabolic activity.
- Promoting the transport of nutrients.
- Relieving nerve inflammation and neuropathic pain.
- Easing of blood flow to affected areas.
- Increasing production of cellular energy (ATP).