Why Physical Therapy is the Key to Treating Neuropathy

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According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 20 million people in the US are affected by some form of neuropathy, a condition caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system. This expansive web of nerves is the communication system that transmits sensory and motor information to and from the spinal cord and brain and the rest of the body. A disruption in signaling can be devastating, leading to pain, changes in sensation, and compromised muscle function. How can treatment involving physical therapy provide neuropathy pain relief?

Peripheral Neuropathy and its Impact on the Body

Most cases of neuropathy are “acquired,” meaning it’s not a genetic condition or one present at birth. Physical injury is a very common cause, and damage to nerves can result from falls, accidents, or even procedures that compress, crush, or stretch them. Additional causes of neuropathy can include diabetes, autoimmune conditions, infections like Lyme disease or Shingles, nutritional deficiencies, and exposure to certain medications, chemicals, or alcohol, which can all degenerate nerve tissue and its ability to effectively signal with the brain.

Symptom intensity can vary from a mild irritation to being complex and disabling, and MAPS teams have helped countless clients manage their pain and debility. Common symptoms of neuropathy can include numbness and tingling in the hands or feet, burning or stabbing sensations and hyper-sensitivity, loss of balance, muscle weakness, and even loss of muscle control. Effective neuropathy pain relief requires a deep understanding of the condition and a variety of options to address symptoms.

Physical Therapy is Key for Improving Neuropathy Symptoms

Physical therapists are experts in the structure and mechanics of the body, and a physical therapy treatment plan involving hands-on care and targeted exercise can help reduce the symptoms of neuropathy. By strategically building strength in the muscles around joints, physical therapy can improve balance and may maintain function and mobility regardless of the underlying causes of the condition. But what if it hurts too much to move comfortably? MAPS offers alternative pain treatment options that can help you prepare for work with these specialists.

Neuropathy Pain Relief Options

As Chicago’s leaders in comprehensive neuropathy treatment, we have a number of treatment options to help you find the pain relief you need to work with important modalities like physical therapy.

Treatments may include a combination of modalities for the most effective results, including responsible medication management, acupuncture, injection-based protocol, and even specific medication or supplementation recommendations known to support neuropathy conditions.

MAPS Knows Neuropathy Support

Enduring the symptoms and pain of peripheral neuropathy can keep you from the active lifestyle you enjoy, and with a number of incredible treatment options available, there’s no reason to suffer with discomfort. At MAPS Centers for Pain Control, we’re dedicated to providing you with the most advanced and effective solutions in medicine today. Contact us to learn more about finding neuropathy pain relief today!