What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Nerve diagram in feet
Peripheral Neuropathy describes a medical condition that developed from nerve damage in the body. Symptoms from peripheral neuropathy include pain, sensations of pins-and-needles, numbness, tingling, and weakness in parts of the body. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “An estimated 20 million people in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy” (ninds.nih.gov, 2014).

The peripheral nervous system is somewhat different from the central nervous system because it describes the nerves that surround the brain and central nervous system. Peripheral, as per the definition, means beyond or around. Neuropathy is broken down into two morphemes that are Greek in origin: “neuro-” (meaning related to the nerves) and “-pathy” (which denotes a disorder in the body or disease). Essentially, peripheral neuropathy can be described as a disease of the nerves. This system of nerves transmits signals from the central nervous system to the rest of the body. That is why a person can feel so much discomfort when peripheral neuropathy develops in a certain area of the body.

Depending on the amount of nerve damage that exists in the body, our treatment program at Prairie Star Functional Health Center can provide relief from the discomfort of peripheral neuropathy. Call Prairie Star Functional Health Center at  (913) 439-5151 to schedule a free consultation to see if you are eligible for treatment.

Peripheral nerves can cause discomfort in the area where they are damaged and in other areas that the nerves are connected. For example, Sciatica is when damage or interruption to the sciatic nerve is causing pain, and that pain can begin in the lower back and extend all the way down to the feet of one or both legs. With Sciatica, nerve damage can occur anywhere on the nerve, and the discomfort can radiate along the whole nerve. However, a similar occurrence happens with other nerves in the body that are damaged from disease or injury.

When peripheral neuropathy occurs, a person may feel numbness, tingling, and even weakness in their extremities and other parts of the body. Often, patients begin feeling burning sensations or sharp pains that vibrate up and down the nerve, producing an abundance of discomfort in the body. Many of these symptoms gradually worsen over time without proper treatment, and finding relief from the discomfort requires a particular treatment that focuses on the nerves. Fortunately, the experienced Doctors at Prairie Star Functional Health Center understand how to combat the effects of peripheral neuropathy.

How does peripheral neuropathy occur?

Peripheral neuropathy can develop from a number of medical conditions. Here is a list of some of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Amputation
  • Vascular Disorders
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal Surgery

If you have developed peripheral neuropathy from diabetes we may have a solution for you. Contact Prairie Star Functional Health Center today at (913) 439-5151 to schedule a free consultation. Don’t wait! The sooner you can treat peripheral neuropathy; the sooner you will feel better.