What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
The body is made up of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system which are all the other nerves in the body. The peripheral nervous systems sends and receives information (electrical impulses) from and to your central nervous system in order for the body to function much like the wiring system in your car. The wires that take information from the car battery to the car radio. Damage to the peripheral nerves frequently results in numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, weakness in the arms legs, hands and feet, balance and stability problems, and/or burning or stabbing pain in any of the previous areas as well. Damage to these nerves can also result in problems to other parts of the body as well. Spinal degeneration, herniations, stenosis, Infections, trauma, metabolic problems, chemotherapy and chemicals, medications, alcohol, toxins and diabetes can all result in peripheral neuropathy.