Peripheral Neuropathy

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Peripheral Neuropathy

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What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that occurs when the peripheral nerves are damaged. The peripheral nerves are located outside of the brain and spinal cord—in other words, anywhere but your brain or spine.

The peripheral nervous system includes all of the nerves outside of these areas that control all of your body’s functions. When a person suffers from Peripheral Neuropathy, they experience symptoms in their hands, feet, arms, legs, chest, and back. These symptoms can include numbness or tingling in the hands or feet; muscle weakness or pain; and loss of reflexes.

What are the types of Peripheral Neuropathy?

There are many types of peripheral neuropathy. The most common types are:

Motor Neuropathy

This type of peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves that control movement. Symptoms include muscle weakness, muscle cramps, and muscle twitching.

Sensory Neuropathy

This type of peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves that transmit sensations such as touch, pain, and temperature. Symptoms include numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.

Autonomic Nerve Neuropathy

This type of peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves that control involuntary actions such as blood pressure regulation, heart rate, sweating, digestion and breathing. Symptoms include dry eyes and mouth, constipation or diarrhea, difficulty urinating or an increased need to urinate frequently (as much as every hour), irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), dizziness when standing up quickly from sitting or lying down (postural hypotension) or fainting spells for no apparent reason (syncope).

Combination Neuropathies

A combination of sensory and motor symptoms may be present in some cases where both types are affected simultaneously.

What are the causes of Peripheral Neuropathy?

The causes of Peripheral Neuropathy can be broken down into two categories: primary and secondary.

Primary Peripheral Neuropathy is caused by an internal issue within your body. This could be something like an autoimmune disorder affecting your nerves or diabetes that has led to nerve damage.

Secondary Peripheral Neuropathy occurs after an injury to one of your nerves or when there has been an interruption in blood flow to the area around the nerve (such as with compression).

What are the symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?

The symptoms of this condition vary widely depending on the type of peripheral neuropathy you have.

While some people may only notice mild numbness or tingling around their fingers and toes, others may experience severe pain, muscle weakness and paralysis. The most common symptoms associated with this condition include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Muscle weakness in the hands or feet
  • Pain in the hands or feet

What are the risk factors for Peripheral Neuropathy?

There are many risk factors for peripheral neuropathy. Some of the most common include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Frequent alcohol consumption (more than 14 drinks per week)

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What are the exercises for Peripheral Neuropathy?

There are many different types of exercises that can help to ease the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

Aerobic exercises

Aerobic exercises are any activity that gets your heart rate pumping and keeps it there for a long period of time (like running or swimming). They help to improve blood flow and increase oxygenation to your extremities—which is important because that’s where most of the nerve damage occurs.

Balance exercises

Balance exercises help to build strength in your muscles, while also improving your proprioception—your sense of where your body is in space. The latter skill is especially important as you try to move around without falling over!

Stretching exercises

Stretching helps to keep the muscles around your joints flexible so that they don’t become stiff or painful during movement. It also helps reduce swelling from fluid buildup around the joint itself.

What are the treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy?

It’s important to see a doctor right away if you think you might have peripheral neuropathy. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for your body to heal.

Your doctor may recommend treating peripheral neuropathy with:

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – This method uses low-level electrical currents to help relieve pain caused by peripheral neuropathy.

Plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin – These treatments remove harmful antibodies from your blood and replace them with antibodies that help fight inflammation and improve nerve function.

Physical therapy – Physical therapy can help improve your strength, balance, and coordination if you have peripheral neuropathy in your legs or arms. It also helps people who have muscle weakness because of their condition move around more easily by teaching them how to use aids like walkers or canes correctly so they don’t fall down as much when walking around their home or workplace.

Surgery – If other treatments aren’t working for you yet then surgery might be an option too! The surgeon might remove scar tissue around a nerve or cut out some damaged tissue so it doesn’t

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What brace is used for Peripheral Neuropathy?

The Walkasins Device is a brace that helps people with Peripheral Neuropathy in their feet. The Walkasins Device helps support your ankle and lower leg, so you can walk more comfortably.

The brace is made from lightweight material that allows you to wear it throughout the day without feeling uncomfortable or restricting movement. It comes in two different sizes—small/medium and large/extra large—so you can choose one based on the size of your foot.

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