Your peripheral nervous system controls essential functions like your muscle movements and sensory perception. At Hartman Family Wellness in Colleyville, Texas, Dr. Justin Hartman treats many patients who suffer from neuropathy, a condition marked by damaged nerves that manifests in different troublesome ways. Neuropathy affects more than 2% of the general population and over 8% of adults over 55. Dr. Hartman is well-versed in treating this condition naturally without invasive surgery, using innovative modalities and therapies. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

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What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy refers to a condition that affects your peripheral nervous system. It occurs when your peripheral nervous system suffers damage or disruption. Neuropathy is the degeneration of peripheral nerve endings in your hands or feet.

There are different types of neuropathy, and the symptoms vary widely, depending on which nerves the condition affects. Neuropathy can change one or more of the following types of nerves in your peripheral nervous system:

  • Sensory nerves, which send messages from your sensory organs to your brain
  • Motor nerves, which control the voluntary movement of your muscles
  • Autonomic nerves, which monitor the unconscious functions of your body

What causes neuropathy?

Common causes of neuropathy include a variety of injuries as well as underlying health issues, lifestyle habits, or autoimmune disorders that can affect sensitive nerves in your peripheral nervous system, including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Falls
  • Car accidents
  • Kidney disorders
  • Hormonal diseases (Diabetes)
  • Drugs (certain cancer medications and antibiotics)
  • Tumors
  • Alcohol abuse

In addition to these, repetitive physical trauma incurred by your muscles, tendons, and ligaments can put undue stress on your nerves. Over time, this type of gradual physical trauma can pressure or even sever nerves from your spinal cord in the same way the physical trauma from injuries of car accidents does.

Neuropathy can occur from chronic pressure on the brachial plexus (a nerve bundle that originates from the cervical spine and forms the nerves of the arm and hand) due to a reduced cervical curve and spasms in the SCM and scalene muscles. Neuropathy in the feet can occur from chronic sciatica or chronic pressure on the sciatic nerve from muscle spasm, disc degeneration or spinal stenosis.

Diabetes can also contribute to neuropathy causing the inflammation of blood vessels. This causes capillaries in the extremities to form scar tissue causing distal nerve endings in the hands and feet to degenerate resulting in decreased sensory perception and numbness. Decreased circulation in the extremities causes the nerves to degenerate. This is called diabetic neuropathy. 

How do you treat neuropathy?

We have a successful and innovative program called Blueprint to Neuropathy that gets over a 97% success rate with completely reversing peripheral neuropathy even in very severe cases. Our patients receive 2 personal medical devices for use at home daily, a nutritional kit and in-office treatments as well as an online diet and education program which can be easily accessed through our app on your phone or computer.

If you’d like to learn more about how Dr. Hartman can treat your neuropathy, call or schedule an appointment online today.