Diabetic neuropathy is a common condition that affects up to half of all diabetic patients. A nerve disorder caused by poor blood sugar control, the condition affects the nerves of the feet, legs and eyes as well as the nerves that control bodily functions such as digestion, blood pressure, and heart rate. Symptoms include numbness, pain, or tingling in the feet or lower legs.
At HealthQuest, we are dedicated to providing effective treatment for diabetic neuropathy. The focus is on preventing further tissue damage, pain management, bringing blood sugar levels under control, managing complications, and restoring function.
Types and Symptoms of
- Peripheral neuropathy affects the peripheral nerves. The signals traveling between the body and the brain and spinal cord are interrupted causing symptoms such as pain, burning, tingling and numbness. The condition, which affects the hands and feet, can also result in weakness and wasting of the muscles.
- Autonomic neuropathy occurs when the nerves controlling your body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, bowel and bladder emptying and digestion are damaged. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, fainting, difficulty swallowing, and low blood pressure.
- Femoral neuropathy results in femoral nerve dysfunction, causing multiple falls as a result of poorer control in walking, pain in the groin or hip and numbness or tingling in the calf, knee and foot.
- Thoracic/lumbar radiculopathy is caused by compression or irritation of the nerves as they exit the spine, or from tumor or infection. Common symptoms include – pain, localized neck and back pain.
- Charcot's joint (neurogenic arthropathy) is a degenerative disease affecting one or more joints causing swelling, instability of the joint, hemorrhage, heat, and atrophic and hypertrophic changes in the bone.
- Foot drop is the inability to lift the front part of the foot, resulting in the toes being dragged along the ground when walking.
Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment at HealthQuest
The diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy begins with a clear evaluation of the patient’s health status. Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies may be done to evaluate nerve function, strength and reflexes. Our specialists will create a personalized treatment plan to relieve the symptoms of the type of neuropathy identified.
- Management of blood glucose levels: Bringing blood sugar levels within the normal range is crucial to help prevent further nerve damage. This is accomplished with glucose monitoring, diet planning, physical activity, and diabetes medicines.
- Chiropractic care: Chiropractic adjustment to correct misalignments in the spine is an integral part of our treatment protocol. Chiropractic manipulation addresses nerve symptoms by enhancing communication among the components of the central nervous system.
- Diabetic Nerve Pain Relief: Diabetic neuropathy treatment involves steps to reduce the symptoms and help the nerves repair themselves. Pain caused by nerve damage is managed with tricyclic antidepressants, narcotic pain medication, and opioids and opioid-like drugs.
- Physical Therapy: Our physical therapists develop exercise programs to help patients improve and maintain function, retain strength and avoid muscle cramping and spasms. Based on individual needs, the programs may include moderate-intensity exercises, balance and coordination activities and education to improve safety and prevent complications due to diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
To schedule a consultation for diabetic neuropathy treatment at our multi-specialty healthcare center in Brooklyn, call 718-769-2521 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.