Peripheral Neuropathy

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects nearly 20 million Americans.  It usually begins in the feet and lower legs, but can advance to the hands and fingers. Peripheral nerves carry information to and from the brain, and to and from the spinal cord to the rest of the body.  Peripheral neuropathy means these nerves do not work properly.  It may be damage to a single nerve or to a nerve group.  Peripheral neuropathy may involve different nerve types including motor (movement) and sensory (feeling).


What are the symptoms?

Symptoms depend on the nerve that is affected.  There are many different symptoms, some examples are:

-Pain 

-Numbness 

-Burning 

-Tingling                         

-Weakness 

-Hypersensitivity                                          

-Trouble with balance



What are the causes?

There are over 300 causes of neuropathy.  Peripheral neuropathy affects both men and women.  It is very common and there are many types and causes.  Some nerve disease may run in families.  Possible causes are:

  • Diabetes
  • Back problems
  • Surgery/trauma
  • Chemotherapy and other medications
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Long term heavy alcohol use
  • Heavy metal poisoning


What is our treatment?

We have utilized a completely new treatment that is safe and highly effective for most people. It is covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare. 

Our practice combines nerve blocks with electrical stimulation over a series of visits. We have specific treatment programs that target FEET and/or HANDS.  No medications, no surgery, no down time!


What are the proven benefits?

Patients who respond to the treatment report no symptom return post treatment, Improvement in stability, Improved pain free sleeping, Reduction of swelling and increased blood flow to legs and feet, Walking and exercise improved, No reported negative side effects                                                                        


Click on the "research" button to the left to read the article supporting our treatment.

In this study, over 87% of patients showed a reduction in neuropathy symptoms! 





Knee Pain

More than 10 million Americans have knee osteoarthritis (OA). With so many people valuing exercise and more kids in sports, the median age for onset of knee osteoarthritis (knee OA) has dropped to the mid-40s from the mid-50s in the last 10 to 15 years. 

Medical history, physical examination, and x-rays are used to diagnose knee OA. 


Causes:

The nerves that provide sensation to the knee come from the lower back and also provide hip, leg, and ankle sensation. Pain from a deeper injury (called referred pain) can be passed along the nerve to be felt on the surface. Knee pain, therefore, can arise from the knee itself or be referred from conditions of the hip, ankle, or lower back.  Possible causes: previous knee injury, repetitive strain, ligament tear, genetics, obesity, and problems with bone.  Knee OA typically develops gradually over a period of years.


Symptoms:

Possible symptoms: pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, and swelling. Knee OA pain is usually worse following activity, stiffness can worsen after sitting for prolonged periods of time, and can become continuous over time. In general, knee pain is either immediate (acute) or long-term (chronic). Acute knee pain can be caused by an acute injury or infection. Chronic knee pain is often from injuries or inflammation, degenerative changes (such as arthritis), but can also be caused by infection.

                          

Our Treatment:                                                   

HYALGAN® injections give you relief of osteoarthritis knee pain.  HYALGAN® can provide long-lasting pain relief for up to 6 months and can be safely used for up to 30 months. HYALGAN® is a safe choice: Its principal component is a naturally derived substance called hyaluronan that relieves your pain by lubricating and cushioning your knee joint. Hyaluronan is a natural chemical found in the body and is present in a particularly high amount in joint tissues and in the fluid that fills the joint (also called synovial fluid). HYALGAN® is injected directly into the knee.

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Back and Neck Pain

Back pain is a common disorder involving the muscles and bones of the back. It affects about 40% of people at some point in their lives.  Low back pain (often abbreviated as LBP) may be classified by duration as acute (pain lasting less than 6 weeks), sub-chronic (6 to 12 weeks), or chronic (more than 12 weeks). The condition may be further classified by the underlying cause as either mechanical, non-mechanical, or referred pain. 


Causes:

Low back pain is not a specific disease but rather a symptom that may be caused by a large number of underlying problems of varying levels of seriousness. The majority of LBP does not have a clear cause but is believed to be the result of non-life threatening muscle or skeletal issues such as sprains or strains.  Possible causes: obesity, smoking, weight gain during pregnancy, stress, poor physical condition, poor posture and poor sleeping position, osteoarthritis, degeneration of the discs, spinal disc herniation, a broken vertebrae (from osteoporosis) or, rarely, an infection or tumor of the spine.


Our Treatment:                                      

SARAPIN® is an injectable analgesic.  It is all natural, derived from the Pitcher Plant. SARAPIN® has been used safely and effectively by physicians for over 70 years.  Our office offers a series of injections to our patients to help with pain management.                

http://sarapin.com/


SI Joint Injections:                                      

A sacroiliac injection is an injection of SARAPIN® with Lidocaine into an SI joint. The SI joints are located on either side or the sacrum or tailbone. They connect the tailbone to the pelvis.