Neuropathophysiology, more commonly known as Neuropathy, refers to the pathophysiological conditions that affect your nervous system. Neuropathy is a term used to describe a host of disorders that affect various nerves in various ways, throughout the body.
There are 3 types of nerves, motor, sensory, and autonomic. Motor nerves are the nerves that control the function of your muscles. Sensory nerves provide information to the brain using the 5 senses — sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell. Autonomic nerves control the involuntary functions of internal organs and some muscles, including breathing, heartbeats, glands, and other processes.
The majority of neuropathy sufferers have diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy is a microvascular complication due to the excess blood glucose in diabetes. Eventually, the blood glucose surplus damages the blood vessels walls supplying the nerves. This is common in the legs and feet, which often leads to the loss of sensation there, allowing some injuries to go unnoticed, and making healing difficult.
Neuropathy is linked to other medical conditions as well. These include chronic kidney disease, liver disease, cancers, AIDS, and Lyme disease.
Neuropathy is often associated with tingling or burning sensations, but it also can have symptoms like numbness, weakness, and loss of sensation. There are different symptoms associated with the different types of nerves (motor, sensory, autonomic).
Motor Nerve Neuropathy Symptoms include:
Sensory Nerve Neuropathy Symptoms include:
Autonomic Nerve Neuropathy Symptoms include:
Dr. Gary Olson will work to discover what types of nerves are experiencing neuropathy, and also discover any underlying causes that he can correct. Often a spinal subluxation can cause symptoms of neuropathy and be corrected through chiropractic adjustments. Other root causes may require different therapies including acupuncture, Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.), massage, and other treatments.
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