Gulf Coast Healthcare
Advanced Chiropractic & Physical Rehabilitation located in Seabrook, TX
Neuropathy is a common but potentially serious issue that affects between 25-30% of adults. Though there’s no cure, with early diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to prevent the condition from progressing. At Gulf Coast Healthcare, advanced chiropractic specialist Mark Hill, DC, and the team offer advanced Hako-Med therapy for neuropathy. Hako-Med is a minimally invasive treatment that stimulates and heals damaged nerves. To make an appointment at the practice in Seabrook, Texas, click the online scheduler or call the office today.
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy refers to permanent nerve damage or nerve dysfunction. It typically starts in your hands or feet but can occur in other parts of the body as well.
If you have peripheral neuropathy, it indicates an issue with your peripheral nervous system –– the network of nerves outside your brain and spinal cord. When your nerve cells are damaged or destroyed, they’re unable to communicate with your brain, resulting in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
Many patients experience radiculopathy, a pinched or inflamed nerve in the neck or back. It has similar symptoms to neuropathy, but the cause is not nerve damage. A herniated disc often causes radiculopathy.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Symptoms of neuropathy include:
- Tingling and numbness
- Sharp shooting, stabbing, or burning pain
- Changes in sensation
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle twitching or cramps
- Low blood pressure
- Bladder problems
Without treatment, neuropathy also increases the risk of sexual dysfunction and unexplained weight loss.
What causes neuropathy?
Many people who develop neuropathy have diabetes. Researchers estimate that between 60-70% of diabetic people are at risk.
Other factors that increase your risk of neuropathy include trauma, autoimmune disorders, and radiculopathy from a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. You might also develop neuropathy due to an inherited condition passed on from your parents.
How is neuropathy diagnosed?
To diagnose neuropathy, the team at Gulf Coast Healthcare, reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms. Then, they conduct a neurological and physical exam. During the neurological exam, your provider tests your reflexes, coordination, balance, and muscle strength.
If the team determines you have neuropathy, they may order additional tests to determine the severity of the damage. The most common tests used to assess the nerves include a nerve conduction study and needle electromyography.
A nerve conduction study measures your nerves’ ability to carry an electric signal, while needle electromyography determines how well your muscles and nerves communicate with one another.
How is neuropathy treated?
At Gulf Coast Healthcare, the team uses Hako-Med Therapy to treat neuropathy. Hako-Med is a type of horizontal therapy that stimulates your body’s chemical and electrical healing responses.
A series of Hako-Med treatments can increase circulation throughout your body, relieve pain, stimulate your muscles, and encourage the regeneration of healthy nerve tissue. Treatment is minimally invasive and virtually pain-free.
To receive treatment for neuropathy, make an appointment at Gulf Coast Healthcare, by calling the office today or clicking the online scheduling tool.