Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that can originate from anywhere in the nervous system and affects the hands and/or feet. Peripheral neuropathy is often associated with weakness, numbness, burning, tingling or pain. Patients sometimes refer to it feeling like ‘pins-and-needles’.

Neuropathy symptoms depend on the type of nerves being affected.

  1. Sensory nerves: sense sensations such as pain, vibration, temperature and touch
  2. Motor nerves: control the movement of muscles
  3. Autonomic nerves: control functions within the body such as heart rate, bladder, digestion and blood pressure.

While the exact cause of peripheral neuropathy is unknown, there are some known factors, including:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Medications
  • Infections
  • Inherited disorders
  • Trauma
  • Pressure on nerves

Common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Burning and tingling
  • Pain in hands, feet, back, face or thighs
  • Pain more severe at night
  • Cramping
  • Difficulty walking
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of muscle
  • Lack of coordination
  • Pins-and-Needle sensation
  • Reduced sensation of touch
  • Poor balance
  • Slow reflexes
  • Oversensitivity

AHC works with clients to determine the type then develops a customized treatment plan.

Treatment options include: