Neuropathy and Chiropractic
When patients schedule appointments for their first visit in our office, we hear about a wide variety of symptoms and pains that they are experiencing. When someone reports of pain, numbness, burning, or tingling, one of the conditions the doctor will check for is neuropathy. These symptoms are all linked to the condition, and can be experienced in any part of the body.
What is neuropathy?
In general, neuropathy describes damage or malfunctions of the nerves in any area of the body. The symptoms are most often a pain or pins-and-needles sensation in the affected area. Depending on where the symptoms are located and the cause, the diagnosis will differ. Some of the causes include:
- Trauma or injury
- Vitamin deficiencies
Since the location and cause, and therefore treatment, of neuropathy can be so varied, it is always important to have these symptoms checked out by a doctor!
How can chiropractic help?
Chiropractors specialize in the care of the spine, as well as the nerves affected by misalignments in the spine. Often, a subluxation can be the source of pain. When the vertebrae are not properly aligned, just the smallest amount of pressure can cause the symptoms of neuropathy. Most often, Doctor Becerra or Doctor Donofrio find that these symptoms are experienced in the arms and hands, or legs and feet.
If the symptoms are caused by a subluxation, a slight displacement of the vertebrae, the doctor uses adjustments to help relieve the pressure. Once the nerves are functioning properly, the pain caused by neuropathy can begin to ease. Should the pain continue without explanation, or the source of the pain is not a chiropractic related issue, the doctor will always be able to sit down with you and discuss the options available for relief.