What is peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is when there is damage to the peripheral nerves, or to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord that send sensory information to your central nervous system. Patients with this nerve damage tend to experience numbness, weakness, and pain in the extremities. While the hands and feet are the most commonly affected, other parts of the body can experience these symptoms as well. Though there are many factors that can contribute to peripheral neuropathy, it is often the result of an inherited condition, traumatic injury, metabolic problems, infection, or exposure to toxins.
What are some of the risk factors associated with peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy risk factors include autoimmune diseases, diabetes, infections (notably lyme disease, shingles, hepatitis B and C, HIV, and Epstein-Barr virus), alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiency, a family history of neuropathy, exposure to harmful toxins, repetitive motion, and disorders of the kidney, liver or thyroid.
How do you treat peripheral neuropathy?
At PC Medical Centers, we utilize the Summus P4 Platinum Laser to treat peripheral neuropathy. This high powered laser supplies more power to allow for shorter treatments and faster results. The laser is designed and tested by expert doctors, so you can rest assured that the technology we use is the most advanced in our field.
Is the treatment safe?
Treatments done by one of our highly trained, certified specialists using our Platinum Series Laser are extremely safe even over acute injuries, broken skin, and metal implants. To further ensure the safety of our patients and staff, we strictly adhere to the recommendations and guidelines outlined in the Platinum Series Safety Manual.
How many sessions will I need?
Most patients will require multiple treatments as the results are cumulative. The exact number of treatments needed will vary from patient to patient and will largely depend on the patient’s diagnosis, health, and age. Those with less severe conditions may need as few as 4 sessions, while more serious, chronic conditions may require 10 or more sessions. We will discuss the details of your individual treatment plan during your consultation.
For more information about our services or to schedule a consultation, contact us today at (573) 335-9188.