Neuropathy Q & A
What is peripheral neuropathy?
Neuropathy — or peripheral neuropathy — is any condition that affects the normal activity of your peripheral nervous system, which sends information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body.
Damage to your peripheral nerves causes weakness, numbness, and pain — usually in your hands and feet. If damage occurs to your nerve fibers responsible for conducting pain, you often experience a stabbing, burning, or tingling feeling in your extremities.
Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy.
How is peripheral neuropathy treated?
Most treatments for neuropathy aim to treat the painful symptoms, not cure the problem. Although these procedures help dull your symptoms to make life more manageable, they usually involve prescription medications that mask your disease rather than treating the cause.
What is cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy, unlike other treatments, helps to treat the underlying causes of neuropathy. It helps by stimulating microcirculation around your nerve fibers, which increases the blood flow to your nerves. This painless process helps to heal and reduce your neuropathic pain.
How does cold laser therapy work?
Dr. McNabb uses laser light energy to penetrate your skin, which stimulates an increase of oxygen in your cells. The rise in microcirculation around your nerves helps to regenerate fibers and heal your peripheral nerves.
Each therapy session lasts 15 minutes or less. Dr. McNabb determines the number of sessions you need based on your specific condition.
What are the benefits of cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is effective for acute and chronic conditions. Because this treatment doesn’t require you to take medication, you don’t have to worry about unwanted side effects. Other benefits include the following:
- Improved healing time; three to five times faster than other treatments
- Reduced pain and inflammation
- Improved circulation
- Immediate pain relief
Why choose Kilgore Integrated Health?
Dr. McNabb and his team utilize a muscle stimulator with Tesla-based technology, which uses electrical impulses to contract your muscles.
In addition to cold laser therapy, the Tesla stimulator increases the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to your cells. This process produces the energy required to build muscle tissue and alleviate pain and inflammation.
If you’re experiencing unusual tingling, weakness, or pain in your hands or feet, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Kevin McNabb at Kilgore Integrated Health or schedule an appointment online. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves.