03 Apr Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN)
The nerves outside of the brain and spinal column can become severely damaged leading to nerve death from diabetes. The statistics suggest nearly 70% of diabetics will develop diabetic polyneuropathy within five years. The incidence can rise to approximately 100% within the next five years.
Common symptoms with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy can be as innocuous as slight numbness and tingling which can slowly or quickly progress into severe numbness, tingling and excruciating pain which can begin in the fingers, toes, hands and feet. Swelling in the feet and lack of sensation to hot and cold are also extremely common in the disease.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is widely associated with falls. According to some statistics, falls are the leading cause of death in the elderly today. Head injuries and broken bones are a serious and even deadly side effect of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy due to the effect it has on balance and coordination.
Finding a provider who can assess your condition and put you on a comprehensive action plan to treat the pain and symptoms associated with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is key. Many of the therapies that that have been studied and found essential in the treatment would be nutrition and diet, electromedicine / electroanalgesics to directly affect the symptoms and nerve function, laser therapy and light therapy, non-surgical spinal decompression if it’s found that nerve compression in the spine is contributing to the symptoms and or overall problem.