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Neuropathy or Neuropathophysiology

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.

Causes of Neuropathy

  • Infections (bacterial and viral)
  • Medications
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Physical trauma and injuries
  • Pressure on the nerves
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Subluxations
  • Toxins

Diabetic Neuropathy

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 Symptoms

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:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Paralysis

Sensory Nerve Neuropathy Symptoms include:

  • Burning, jabbing, stinging, sharp or electric-like pain
  • Changes in skin, hair or nails
  • Gradual numbness or tingling sensation, often in the hands or feet
  • Loss of coordination
  • Sensitivity to touch

Autonomic Nerve Neuropathy Symptoms include:

  • Digestive, bowel or bladder problems
  • Dizziness (due to changes in blood pressure)
  • Intolerance to heat

Chiropractic Care for Neuropathy

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.

Contact Dr. Gary Olson at 631.462.0917 to set an appointment or use our convenient form below. If you found this article informative, please recommend it to your friends and family.

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