Neuropathy is a vast collection of disorders caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system that affects 20 million Americans.
The peripheral nervous system, which refers to nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, may become damaged by a number of different conditions or types of trauma. Most commonly, neuropathy affects the hands and/or the feet causing a painful burning or tingling sensation. The most common form of neuropathy is symmetrical polyneuropathy, which mainly affects the feet and legs on both sides of the body. Often we find that the causes are can be categorized as neurological (nerve damage) or vascular based, a side effect of vein disease. The symptoms can be far ranging as the sensations may come and go depending on the underlying factors that are causing the neuropathy. Some of the most common issues that are associated with neuropathy are diabetes, chemotherapy, prolonged medication use, cholesterol drugs, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, alcoholism and trauma but many cases are idiopathic in nature, meaning the cause is unknown.
Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment
Management of neuropathy can vary depending on the underlying cause. Peripheral nerves do have a limited ability to regenerate as long as the nerve cell is still intact. The sooner the symptoms are addressed the better the outcome. Getting timely treatment may help relieve the symptoms and help prevent any new damage from occurring. Up until now the primary management of symptoms associated with neuropathy have been limited to oral medications such as Lyrica, Neurontin (Gabapentin) and Cymbalta. These medications have a number of unwanted side effects and do nothing to help the nerves function properly or repair themselves. That being said the efficacy of the oral medications is short lived making it nothing more than temporary relief.
At Atlanta Medical Clinic our groundbreaking treatment protocol not only helps relieve the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy but also works to restore the function of damaged nerves. This cutting-edge combination of therapies has helped many patients achieve long-lasting relief of symptoms without the pills and associated side effects.
Diagnosis of Diabetic Neuropathy
Before treatment begins it is very important to have the proper diagnostic studies performed in order to determine the underlying source causing the painful symptoms. Diagnosing neuropathy can be done by a painless, non-invasive test called a nerve conduction study. The test involves delivering a small electric pulse at one point on a nerve and measuring the response at another point on that same nerve. The test is conducted in our office and usually takes no more than 30 minutes. The results will illustrate the health and conduction of the nerves in question which will then confirm the underlying source of the problem. In some cases, the physician might request an MRI of the spine depending on any associated symptoms as there are other conditions that present with similar symptoms such as radicular pain (sciatica) originating in the lumbar spine.
Next, an ultrasound test will be performed on the veins in the lower extremities to determine if venous reflux or vein disease is present. Veins are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart. When the blood flows backward known as reflux, blood pools and reduces the efficiency of blood flow to the extremities. This affects the nerves causing pain and discomfort just like when your foot or hand falls asleep due to lack of circulation. By evaluating, diagnosing and correcting the vein disease we can treat the potential cause of your neuropathy and provide relief.
Atlanta Diabetic Neuropathic Pain Relief Treatment. Multidisciplinary Approach by Atlanta Medical Clinic.
Once the diagnostics are completed and the doctor determines that the patient is a candidate for the neuropathy program, treatments will begin. Under the neuropathy treatment umbrella, there is a combination of five different therapies that make up the protocol.
The ankle is injected with a non-steroidal anesthetic called Marcaine. The Marcaine causes local blood vessels to dilate, allowing for better circulation around the nerves. This process facilitates improved oxygen delivery to the nerves which promotes restoration of the damaged nerve fibers. The Marcaine also helps to rechannel the neurological pain pathway which blocks the perception of pain offering symptom relief.
Correcting vein disease or reflux can be done in two ways:
ClariVein®IC is a minimally invasive, new technique for the treatment of diseased veins/varicose veins or spider veins. Using a controlled 360-degree dispersion of physician-specified agents, ClariVein®IC is designed to reduce pain and discomfort, eliminate bruising, speed up recovery and deliver clinically proven results for varicose veins.
- The doctor administers a small amount of Varithena® (polidocanol injectable foam) through a catheter or by direct injection into the malfunctioning vein
- The Varithena® microfoam fills and treats the desired section of the vein
- The diseased vein collapses and the microfoam is deactivated
- When the malfunctioning vein collapses, blood flow shifts to healthier veins nearby
Minimally Invasive, Non-Surgical
Treatment with Varithena® does not require any incisions or general anesthesia. It usually takes the doctor less than 30minutes to administer Varithena®. Patients may resume some activities the same day but should avoid heavy exercise for one week.
H-Wave therapy, a type of electric muscle stimulation, is designed to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. Proven to have profound effects on inflammation reduction the H-Wave stimulates the body’s natural repair mechanism offering not only pain relief but enhanced function to the areas in question. H-Wave therapy is administered after each ankle block to assist in the facilitation of the healing process.
Cold laser therapy is also known as phototherapy or light therapy. In laser therapy, certain wavelengths of light- red and near-infrared create therapeutic effects including improved circulation, pain reduction, decreased swelling and faster healing time. The cold laser is applied during each treatment to the ankle and foot and is painless.
5. EB-PRO Cellular Detox
The EB-PRO detox machine is designed to restore the body’s balance and energy levels through exposure to an ion field. The body is detoxified as toxins are released through the pores in the feet. Toxins are a large source of inflammation and can build up over time causing the body to function at less than optimal levels. Reduction of inflammation and improved circulation are two of several benefits that the EB-PRO offers.
If you suffer from any of the painful symptoms associated with neuropathy and have tried unsuccessfully to achieve pain relief call today for a free consultation.