Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy Specialist
From numbness and tingling to burning pain, the impacts of peripheral neuropathy can change how you move and function in your daily life. Before you experience severe consequences from peripheral neuropathy, seek the help of board-certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, Dr. Robert Hausman. At Hausman Chiropractic in Austin, Texas, he finds the cause of your neuropathy, whether it’s from diabetes or a vitamin B deficiency, and works to restore your mobility and sensation. Call today to schedule your consultation or book it online.

Peripheral Neurology Q & A

Hausman Chiropractic

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a symptom of a wide variety of conditions; it damages the nerves outside of your brain and spine, most often in the hands and feet. It can cause numbness, tingling, and pain.

There are multiple kinds of peripheral neuropathy, some of which occur in specific areas or are caused by certain conditions. The two general forms include:

Mononeuropathy

Injury, trauma, or prolonged pressure cause this type of neuropathy. One of the most common forms of mononeuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs in the wrists.

Polyneuropathy

Polyneuropathy is the most common form of peripheral neuropathy and occurs when there’s damage to multiple nerves. It’s caused by a range of conditions, including:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Cancer
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes

How does diabetes cause neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of polyneuropathy. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t metabolize the sugars in your blood. That leads to an excess of sugar, or glucose, in your bloodstream and starves your cells.

Over time, the combination causes nerve damage and creates neuropathy, typically in the feet. Symptoms include:

  • Loss of sensation
  • Burning
  • Sores
  • Inability to sense temperature or pain

How is peripheral neuropathy treated?

Because peripheral neuropathy is typically the result of nerve damage, it’s a chronic, incurable condition. But with the right approach, Dr. Hausman can reduce your symptoms and slow its progression.

If a pinched nerve causes your neuropathy, he may use spinal realignment or spinal decompression to reduce pressure on that nerve and restore some amount of sensation.

Dr. Hausman may also recommend acupuncture to reduce the pain and associated negative side effects of neuropathy.

How does chiropractic care differ from traditional medicine’s approach to neuropathy?

Traditional medicine treats the symptoms of neuropathy with oral and topical medications. While this can reduce the symptoms of your neuropathy, it does nothing to slow the condition’s progression.

With Dr. Hausman’s treatment approach, he works to find the cause of your neuropathy, reducing symptoms with non-pharmaceutical procedures, including correcting spinal alignment and opening up your body’s natural channels of healing energy. Doing so slows neuropathy's progression and limits long-term complications.

When you’re experiencing numbness in your hands and feet, don’t wait until your neuropathy gets worse. Seek the help of the holistic and board-certified Dr. Hausman. Call to schedule your appointment or book it online today.

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