What are the causes of peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage or dysfunction of the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, affecting the peripheral nervous system. There are numerous potential causes of peripheral neuropathy, which can be broadly categorized into several groups:

  1. Diabetes: Diabetes is one of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy. High blood sugar levels over time can damage nerves, particularly those in the feet and hands. This type of neuropathy is called diabetic neuropathy.

  2. Autoimmune Disorders: Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Guillain-Barré syndrome, can cause the immune system to attack the nerves, leading to peripheral neuropathy.

  3. Infections: Certain infections can damage peripheral nerves. Examples include HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease, shingles (herpes zoster), and viral hepatitis.

  4. Trauma or Injury: Physical trauma, such as fractures, crush injuries, or accidents that involve nerve damage, can lead to peripheral neuropathy.

  5. Toxins and Chemicals: Exposure to certain toxins, chemicals, or medications can cause nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy. Examples include heavy metals (e.g., lead, mercury), chemotherapy drugs, alcohol (alcoholic neuropathy), and some antibiotics.Nutritional Deficiencies: Inadequate intake of essential nutrients, such as vitamin B12, folate, and vitamin B6, can result in peripheral neuropathy. Malnutrition, particularly in individuals with conditions like alcoholism or eating disorders, can contribute to nutritional deficiencies and neuropathy.

  6. Genetic Factors: Some individuals may inherit genetic mutations or conditions that predispose them to peripheral neuropathy, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or hereditary sensory neuropathies.

  7. Chronic Diseases: Certain chronic diseases and conditions, such as kidney disease, liver disease, hypothyroidism, and connective tissue disorders, can contribute to peripheral neuropathy.

  8. Cancer: Some types of cancer, as well as treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can cause nerve damage and neuropathy.

  9. Vascular Disorders: Conditions that affect blood flow to the nerves, such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels), can lead to neuropathy. Idiopathic: In some cases, peripheral neuropathy may occur without a known cause, referred to as idiopathic neuropathy.

It's important to note that the symptoms and severity of peripheral neuropathy can vary widely depending on the underlying cause and the specific nerves affected. Common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, and loss of sensation in the affected areas. Diagnosis and management of peripheral neuropathy typically involve a thorough medical evaluation, including medical history, physical examination, nerve conduction studies, and sometimes imaging or laboratory tests to identify the underlying cause and determine appropriate treatment. Treatment may include addressing the underlying condition, managing symptoms, physical therapy, medications, and lifestyle modifications.

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What are the current available treatments for peripheral neuropathy?

The treatment of peripheral neuropathy depends on various factors, including the underlying cause, the severity of symptoms, and individual patient factors. While complete reversal of nerve damage may not always be possible, treatment aims to manage symptoms, improve function, and address the underlying condition when possible. Here are some of the current available treatments for peripheral neuropathy:

  1. Medications: Pain Relievers: Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help relieve mild to moderate neuropathic pain. Prescription Medications: For more severe pain, doctors may prescribe medications such as gabapentin, pregabalin, duloxetine, amitriptyline, or other antidepressants or anticonvulsants that can help reduce neuropathic pain.

  2. Topical Treatments: Topical medications like lidocaine patches or capsaicin cream may provide localized pain relief.

  3. Opioids: In some cases, opioids may be prescribed for severe neuropathic pain, but their use is generally limited due to the risk of dependence and side effects.

  4. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: Physical therapy can help improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination, which can be affected by peripheral neuropathy. Occupational therapy can focus on activities of daily living and assistive devices to improve function and independence.

  5. Lifestyle Modifications: Managing underlying conditions such as diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, or alcoholism is essential to prevent further nerve damage. Quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly can also help manage neuropathy symptoms and improve overall health.

  6. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): TENS therapy involves applying low-voltage electrical stimulation to the affected area, which may help relieve pain and improve nerve function.

  7. Acupuncture: Some people find relief from neuropathic pain with acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine technique involving the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body.

  8. Complementary and Alternative Therapies: Certain supplements or vitamins, such as alpha-lipoic acid, vitamin B12, or acetyl-L-carnitine, may be recommended, although evidence for their effectiveness varies. Herbal remedies or dietary supplements like evening primrose oil, St. John's wort, or fish oil have been studied for neuropathy, but their efficacy is not well-established.

  9. Surgical Interventions: In some cases, surgical procedures such as decompression surgery (e.g., for compressed nerves) or nerve repair may be considered for specific types of neuropathy.

    It's important to note that treatment approaches may vary depending on the specific type and cause of peripheral neuropathy. It's crucial to work closely with healthcare professionals, including neurologists, pain specialists, and physical therapists, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to individual needs and goals. Regular monitoring, adjustments to treatment as needed, and ongoing management of underlying conditions are essential for effectively managing peripheral neuropathy.

Our treatment approach combines some of the most advanced treatment options and delivers them right to your home, in one easy to use kit.

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How does this treatment work?

Our treatment uses water immersion electrical conductivity and neuronal stimulation to get your damaged nerves to fire again. Using water immersion ensures that every neuron and nerve in the foot and lower leg are activated. During the first couple weeks you may feel little to no sensations during the treatment. Typically around the two week mark patients will start to feel sensation and tingling during the treatment. Once this sensation starts to be felt, the nerves are regenerating.

Next the feet and lower leg are wrapped in a power Photobiomodulation unit which delivers multiple wavelengths of healing infrared light and this stimulates mitochondria activation to help your nerves regrow and increase circulation by helping to regrow new blood vessels that feed your nerves and tissues.

The combination of these two therapies together is what produces the long term healing effects that we have seen with 1000's of our patients. Our goal is to heal the damaged nerves and restore vital circulation

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Do I need a prescription for this treatment?

No prescription is required for this at home treatment kit. Our neuropathy experts are licensed providers and will work with you and your current providers to ensure you receive the latest in neuropathy care.

Is the treatment FDA cleared?

Yes. These forms of treatment have been cleared by the FDA for treatment of peripheral neuropathy.

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Does insurance cover this treatment?

Unfortunately insurance does not directly cover the purchase of these treatments. However, you can submit a copy of your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement or have it applied to your deductible. These devices are also HSA and FSA eligible purchases.

Does medicare or medicaid cover this treatment?

Unfortunately these devices are not covered by medicare or medicaid.

Can I use my HSA or FSA to purchase this?

Absolutely! These devices are HSA and FSA eligible. If you require assistance with submitting these purchases for reimbursement just contact our support team!

Can I use this treatment with my other current neuropathy treatments?

Absolutely. These advanced at home treatments can not interfere with any other neuropathy treatments and can absolutely be performed simultaneously with other treatments. These treatments can only help to improve the results of other combined treatments. These treatments will not effect any current neuropathy medications you may be taking.

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Will I be able to get off my medication if this treatment is successful?

Our goal is to help you safely get off your medications for neuropathy. This treatment is designed to actually regrow your nerves and the blood vessels that feed them. Restoring circulation and feeling to the damaged areas. Our goal is to help you safely get off your medications for neuropathy. We will work with you and your prescribing physician when the time is right to decrease and hopefully eventually eliminate drugs like gabapentin and Neurontin.

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SUFFERING FROM NEUROPATHY IN YOUR FEET or HANDS? DO YOU WANT AN EASY, AT HOME, AFFORDABLE, AND SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OPTION?

We have helped 1000's of people just like you break free of the pain of neuropathy in their feet! This easy, affordable, at home treatment kit has an 85% success rate and we have treated 1000's of people all across the country and given them the relief they have been looking for!

We have been treating Neuropathy of the feet and hands since 1999.

At Neuropathy Specialists, all we do is Neuropathy, and we do it well. Our clinic was founded on treating Neuropathy from multiple causes. Treating patients in our clinics using simple yet advanced therapies gave us the idea of sending these therapies home with our patients. If it was successful in the clinic, it would be successful anywhere, even in the comfort of the patients own home. And It was. Now we are dedicated to getting relief to as many patients as possible.

HOW OUR TREATMENT WORKS

VIRTUAL CONSULTATION

All of our patients will undergo a comprehensive virtual consultation to ensure they are a candidate for our at home neuropathy treatment. After your consultation your at home neuropathy kit will be shipped directly to you. You will be guided through the use of the easy at home kit via video tutorials or live virtual support.

KIT ARRIVAL & SET UP

Once the kit has arrived and you have been instructed on its use, you can begin treatment! The treatment is easy, painless, no medications, no adverse side effects. Treatments are performed daily for a period of two weeks. At that time you will meet virtually with one of our providers to evaluate your progress.

START YOUR TREATMENT

Our at home treatment consists of water immersion electrotherapy and photobiomodulation therapy that are safe, FDA Approved, and have over an 85% success rate. Our at home treatment kit also comes with an at home rehab program to help increase circulation and restore lymphatic flow to the feet and lower leg. This advanced combination therapy has helped 1000's to get rid of neuropathy pain and get their life back!

TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS

Our specialized team of healthcare providers will be with you every step along the way. Our team is available 24/7 to help you with questions, set up, treatment performance, and to help track your progress.

George from West Virginia

I had progressive diabetic neuropathy in my feet and it had worked it's way all the way up my calves. After two weeks of using this treatment at home I started to regain the feeling in my legs and feet. It has improved my balance and given me hope for the future! My feet had been numb for two years and my doctors told me that there was nothing that could be done. Thank you!

Jessica from Colorado

I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and it felt like I had a rolled up sock under my toes. It eventually progressed to burning pain constantly in my toes and the balls of my feet. The only option I was given was gabapentin. It helped with the pain but not with the numbness, and it didn't stop it. The burning pain and tingling eventually took over the entire bottom of my feet. After two weeks of the at home treatment the burning pain was gone completely and I was able to get off my medication completely!