Peripheral Neuropathy

What is Peripheral Neuropathy? 

Weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet. It is the result of when nerves that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord from and to the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.

A common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, but it can also result from injuries, infections, and exposure to toxins. Requires a medical diagnosis by a physician.

Symptoms include pain, a pins-and-needles sensation, numbness, and weakness.

How Does Physical Therapy Help? 

Research has shown that strengthening exercises for peripheral neuropathy moderately improve muscle strength in people with peripheral neuropathy. In addition, exercises to help peripheral neuropathy, when done regularly, may reduce neuropathic pain and can help control blood sugar levels.  A comprehensive physical activity routine includes four kinds of activities:

Refer to a physical therapist like the experts at Gulf Shore Physical Therapy regarding an exercise program that’s right for you. Contact us at 941-355-5565 with additional questions.

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