An estimated 20 million people are affected by the numbness and pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. At HealthWise Chiropractic in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, the skilled team of chiropractors offers cutting-edge, noninvasive treatments to resolve the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, including laser phototherapy with the Realief® system.
If you want to reduce your need for medications and still find relief of chronic pain, schedule a consultation with the providers at HealthWise Chiropractic online or by phone today.
Have Pain in your Feet or Legs?
By Heather Miller, Patient Care Coordinator
Realief Neuropathy Center- MKE
It’s possible it’s Peripheral Neuropathy. But I’m not Diabetic, you say. I’m not either, but I discovered that is what caused my painful feet.
Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves) and often causes numbness, pain and weakness, usually in your feet and hands. It can affect other areas.
Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes, but many of our patients don’t have diabetes and don’t know why they have neuropathy.
People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling.
For my case, I had had a little numbness and itching on my soles. But my biggest complaint was pain upon standing for anything longer than a few minutes. While grocery shopping, I was in agony by the time I got to the checkout line. I gave up going to festivals due to the amount of walking involved. I square dance and found I could only dance about 20% of the night. I disliked shopping, especially in megastores. I would have to know where there was a bench to sit on, like the shoe department or the fitting rooms. It may have even been on a store fixture or a corner on the carpeted floor. If I went to a work meeting, there better be a chair available or I couldn’t stay. I would avoid walking across campus to meetings in other buildings. Why was I so lazy while others who were older didn’t seem to have this pain problem?
Peripheral Neuropathy can also cause muscle weakness. I found my gait to be unsteady and would walk close to walls so I could steady myself if needed. When I looked behind at my tracks in the snow, they would not be a straight line but rather weaved back and forth.
About three months after I started this job, Dr. Bob tested my feet and confirmed that I indeed had Peripheral Neuropathy. I started treatment, which typically involves an hour appointment twice a week for about 7-8 weeks. I relaxed in a chair and got about 30 minutes of laser time on my legs and feet. There was no pain and all I felt was a bit of warmth at times. Then the therapist would exercise my toes and feet. About halfway through my treatment I noticed an improvement. I completed my two months of therapy and shortly thereafter found myself in a department store shopping for gifts. An hour and a half later, I was surprised to realize that I was no longer looking for the shoe store bench to sit down. Wow!
Peripheral Neuropathy is not curable, and I do get regular laser maintenance treatments. If you are in pain, you don’t want to wait for a month to get relief; you want it instantly. But if someone walked up to you and said, I can greatly reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life in only two months, would you jump at the chance?
Give me a call and book an appointment for a FREE consultation to see if this program could help you too. You’ve waited long enough for real relief!