Dr. John Coppola and Dr. Valerie Monteiro understand the symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy. While many healthcare professionals describe peripheral neuropathy as an irreversible and permanent health issue which can only be managed through the utilization of drugs/medications, Dr. John Coppola and Dr. Valerie Monteiro can help treat peripheral neuropathy symptoms by treating the source of the health issue.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a non-invasive treatment approach that can help naturally increase oxygen, blood flow, and circulation in the human body. LLLT can also stimulate the mitochondria, often known as the powerhouses of the cell, to stimulate recovery in the human body. Dr. John Coppola and Dr. Valerie Monteiro explain how low-level laser therapy can help treat peripheral neuropathy symptoms and stimulate overall well-being. Dr. Alex Jimenez, a chiropractor in El Paso, TX, can help treat peripheral neuropathy symptoms as well as a variety of other health issues.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLT) for Peripheral Neuropathy | El Paso, TX (2019)
Neuropathy is a medical term used to describe a collection of general diseases or malfunctions which affect the nerves.
The causes of neuropathy, or nerve damage, can vary among individuals and these may be caused by different:
- Vitamin deficiencies
Neuropathy can also be classified according to the location of the nerves being affected and according to the disease-causing it.
Neuropathy caused by diabetes is called diabetic neuropathy.
Furthermore, depending on which nerves are affected will depend on the symptoms that will manifest.
Peripheral neuropathy is simply referred to as neuropathy, which is a state that happens when the nerves become damaged or injured, oftentimes simply disturbed.
It’s estimated that neuropathy affects roughly 2.4 percent of the general populace and approximately 8 percent of people older than age 55.
Neuropathy can affect any of the three types of peripheral nerves:
- Sensory nerves transmit messages from sensory organs:
- Motor nerves track the movement of the muscles
- Autonomic nerves regulate the involuntary body functions
Sometimes, neuropathy will only impact one nerve. This is medically referred to as mononeuropathy and instances of it include:
- Ulnar neuropathy affects the elbow
- Radial neuropathy affects the arms
- Peroneal neuropathy affects the knees
- Femoral neuropathy affects the thighs
- Cervical neuropathy affects the neck
Sometimes, two or more isolated nerves in separate regions of the body can become damaged, injured or disrupted, resulting in mono neuritis multiplex neuropathy.
Most of the time, multiple peripheral nerves malfunction at the same time, a condition called polyneuropathy.
Neuropathies are often inherited from birth or they develop later in life.
The most frequent inherited neuropathy is the Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which affects 1 in 2,500 people in the USA.
Although healthcare professionals are sometimes not able to pinpoint the exact reason for an acquired neuropathy, medically referred to as idiopathic neuropathy.
There are many known causes for them, including:
- Systemic diseases – a systemic disease is one that affects the whole body.
- Physical trauma
- Infectious diseases
- Autoimmune disorders
The most frequent systemic cause behind peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, which can lead to chronically high blood glucose levels that harm nerves.
Other systemic issues can cause neuropathy, including:
- Kidney disorders permit high levels of nerve-damaging toxic chemicals to flow in the blood
- Toxins from exposure to heavy metals include:
- Drugs/medications, including anti-cancer medications, anticonvulsants, antivirals, and antibiotics
- Chemical imbalances because of liver illnesses.
- Hormonal diseases, like hyperthyroidism, which disturbs metabolic processes, and potentially induces cells and body parts to exert pressure on the nerves.
- Deficiencies in vitamins, such as E, B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B12, and niacin can be vital for healthy nerves.
- Alcohol abuse induces vitamin deficiencies and could harm nerves.
- Cancers and tumors can exert damaging pressure on nerve fibers and paths.
- Chronic inflammation can damage protective tissues around nerves, which makes them more vulnerable to compression, getting inflamed and swollen.
- Blood diseases and blood vessel damage, which may damage or injure nerve tissue by decreasing the available oxygen supply
Depending on the reason and unique to each patient, signs, and symptoms of neuropathy can include:
- Burning/prickling sensations
- Increased sensitivity to touch
- Muscle weakness
- Temporary or permanent numbness;
- Dysfunction in glands or organs
- Impairment in urination and
- Sexual function
Symptoms are dependent on autonomic, sensory, or motor nerves or a combination are affected.
Autonomic nerve damage can start a chain reaction of physiological functions like blood pressure or create gastrointestinal problems and issues.
Damage or dysfunction in the sensory nerves may impact sensations and sense of equilibrium or balance, while injury to motor nerves affects movement and reflexes.
When both sensory and motor nerves are involved, the condition is known as sensorimotor polyneuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy may result in several complications, as a result of disease or its symptoms.
Numbness from the ailment can allow you to be less vulnerable to temperatures and pain, making you more likely to suffer from burns and serious wounds.
The lack of sensations in the feet, for instance, can make you more prone to developing infections from minor traumatic accidents, particularly for diabetics, who heal more slowly than other people, including foot ulcers and gangrene.
Furthermore, muscle atrophy may cause you to develop particular physical disfigurements, such as pes cavus, a condition marked by an abnormally high foot arch, and claw-like deformities in the feet and palms.
The first step in neuropathy treatment should be finding the root cause that’s causing the neuropathy.
Treatment of diseases such as:
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Other underlying diseases
Prevents continued nerve damage and in cases heals the damaged nerves.
If you are unaware of any underlying disease that is causing the peripheral neuropathy, make sure to let your doctor know of abnormal symptoms.
Peripheral neuropathy can be treated with various medications.
The first type used to treat mild symptoms are:
- Over-the-counter pain medications
In more severe cases:
- Narcotic medications
- Anti-seizure medications
A doctor may prescribe a lidocaine patch or anti-depressants to relieve symptoms.
Patients should thoroughly discuss neuropathy medication with a doctor before proceeding.
Various manual therapies can benefit symptoms in neuropathy treatment.
A therapist or chiropractor will perform various manipulation techniques, and teach exercises and stretches to help improve symptoms combined with increased muscle strength/control.
A therapist may also recommend braces or splints to improve mobility.
Patients should attend all physical therapy sessions to gain maximum benefits.
The primary and most debilitating symptom of diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a sensation of tingling, prickling, buzzing, pinching, burning, and/or sharp jabbing stabbing pain in the feet.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) takes information from the receptors on the membrane of the cell and mitochondrion or the engine of the cell.
This information reaches the cell’s DNA, that directly controls cell function.
When cells receive better information, they work better, along with the tissues they make up like:
LLT promotes the healing and regeneration of damaged tissues, and its systemic effects on tissue function are also carried throughout the body by blood and meridians or energy channels.
The key basic physiological effects of low-level laser light include:
- Increased cell membrane polarization/permeability
- Adenosine-5-triphosphate (ATP) production and respiratory activity
- Enzyme activity
- Collagen and epithelial production
- Capillary formation
- Macrophage (immune system) activity
- Analgesic effects due to elevated endorphin production
- Electrolytic nerve blockage
- Improved blood and lymph flow
- Anti-inflammatory effect from improved circulation and accelerated tissue regeneration
- Increased production of antioxidants
An additional benefit is that the light energy from low-level lasers will only be absorbed by cells and tissues that are not functioning normally and do not go after healthy cells.
Low-level laser therapy has the potential of providing an effective means of reducing low back pain that is:
- Side-effect free
- Essential acids called ALA (alpha-Lipoic acid)
- GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) and omega-3 fatty acids
These can have a beneficial effect on diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
L-carnitine is a substance that the body makes and stores in the:
There have been reports that certain diabetics with neuropathy symptoms could regain regular sensation in the limbs when they increased their consumption of carnitine called acetyl-L-carnitine.
- Red meat
- Peanut butter
- Dairy products
Are good dietary sources of this nutrient.
Supplements are also available at health food stores and pharmacies and health/wellness clinics.
Vitamin deficiencies can result in peripheral neuropathy in some people.
Therefore there needs to be a replenishing of vitamins:
These can help to decrease symptoms.
Recommended dosages are 300mg daily of vitamin E.
Doses of the different B vitamins differ, but one option for patients is to take a daily B-complex supplement.
Herbal remedies are an alternative to explore.
St. John’s Wort, is a herbal supplement that can be taken orally and can reduce the pain.
Topical creams that have capsaicin, which is an anti-inflammatory found in chili peppers, can reduce the burning sensation.
Acupuncture can be an effective way to manage peripheral neuropathy.
Acupuncture uses pressure points throughout the body to realign the body’s energy, called the qi or chi.
Also, movement therapy is a way to manage the condition.
Tai chi and yoga can help:
- Align the body
- Encourage relaxation
- Distract from the pain
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While every type of neuropathy, such as diabetic neuropathy or autoimmune disease-associated neuropathy, develops its own unique group of symptoms, many patients will often report common complaints. Individuals with neuropathy generally describe their pain as stabbing, burning or tingling. Low-level laser therapy can help relieve these symptoms.
If you experience unusual or abnormal tingling or burning sensations, weakness and/or pain in your hands and feet, it’s essential to seek immediate medical attention in order to receive a proper diagnosis of the cause of your specific signs and symptoms. Early diagnosis can help prevent further nerve injury. And early laser treatment can help before symptoms really become severe. Visit www.neuropathycure.org.
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