Twenty million individuals in the United States suffer from peripheral neuropathy, a life-altering condition often caused by diabetes. Dr. Donald Worley at Ouzts-Tinney Chiropractic & Spinal Rehabilitation in Greenwood, South Carolina uses innovative electrical and vibrational treatment to help alleviate pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. If you think you might be suffering from peripheral neuropathy, call Dr. Worley or schedule an appointment online.
Peripheral neuropathy affects your hands and feet. Its trademarks are weakness, numbness, and pain due to peripheral nerve damage.
Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. If nerve fibers that are responsible for transmitting pain are damaged, it leads to a stabbing, burning or tingling feeling in your extremities.
Peripheral neuropathy can affect one nerve, two or more nerves in different areas, or many nerves. Traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, genetics, and exposure to toxins can cause it. However, diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy.
Electrical nerve stimulation relieves pain if you suffer from diabetic peripheral neuropathy. By stimulating healthy nerve function, you can better manage your pain symptoms.
Electrical nerve stimulation uses a simple, non-invasive device to “stimulate” or excite the nerves that carry normal, painless sensations to your brain. As a result, these nerves alter the levels of natural chemicals in your nervous system that help decrease the pain in your feet and legs.
During your in-office treatment, Dr. Worley wraps the device around your calf and secures it with a Velcro band that can fit almost every body size. Dr. Worley pushes a single button, and an array of electrodes on the device send current to your leg.
Wearing a device on one leg can help alleviate pain in both legs since the effects of the nerve stimulation travel throughout your lower limbs.
This stimulation causes a reaction in the base of your spine that’s similar to an epidural used to help with pain during childbirth. The device works for an hour at a time and is easily adjustable and controllable.
Your best chance of controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage consists in seeking early diagnosis and proactive treatments. Call Dr. Worley or schedule an appointment online if you notice unusual tingling, weakness or pain in your hands or feet.