More than 20 million people in the United States have been estimated to have some form of peripheral neuropathy, but this figure may be significantly higher—not all people with symptoms of neuropathy are tested for the disease and tests currently don’t look for all forms of neuropathy. Our team at EHC Buffalo approaches neuropathy by conducting a careful screening interview with a qualified practitioner. The screening will determine the correct protocol for patient care. This is an important step in making sure that the patient does not have an acute problem requiring urgent medical attention.
Neuropathy is a condition characterized by a variety of symptoms, usually involving the extremities and caused by damage or disorder to the nerves involving that area. Peripheral Neuropathy may be acute or chronic and may be temporary or permanent. It can be genetic, due to injury or illness, due to certain medications, or idiopathic (no known cause). Neuropathy may cause painful cramps, fasciculation (fine muscle twitching), muscle loss, bone degeneration, and changes in the skin, hair, and nails.
Neuropathy may also cause impaired balance, coordination, muscle weakness, spontaneous stinging, or burning pain. Patients often experience pain relief before the end of the CuraLase protocol.
- Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes
- Tingling, stinging and/or burning sensation in the feet or hands
- Sharp pains or cramps
- Hypersensitivity to touch
- Muscle loss and weakness
- Bone degeneration
- Loss of balance and coordination