What is Peripheral Neuropahy?

A condition that affects the nerves of your body that results from nerve damage or disease. Peripheral Neuropathy leads to changes in sensation and movement that can cause pain. It can be asscoaited with diabetes. Treatment from a Physical Therapist can help reduce symptoms and improve and individuals quality of life.

What are the symptoms?

  • Numbness and tingling starting at the feet or hands.
  • Loss or absence of sensation.
  • Pain often described as burning, sharp, or electric like.
  • Increased sensitivity to light touch.
  • Clumsiness or decreased coordination.
  • Weakness in the muscles affected by the nerves.
  • Temperature intolerances (Generally heat).
  • Decreased ability to participate in normal functional activities.

How can a Physical Therapist help?

  • Strengthening exercises to help improve physical function.
  • Balance and coordination exercises to decrease the risk of falls.
  • Education on safety, activity management, and better ways to perform daily living skills.
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