How will I know my Neuropathy Treatment is actually helping?

The real measure of your neuropathy treatment progress often times comes down to the examination skills of your treating clinician.

This is one of the questions I get quite often not only

from patients but from physicians and therapists who are new at treating patients with peripheral neuropathy treatment.

It’s very important to understand one of the basic concepts in many patients with the most common types of peripheral neuropathy is that laboratory and diagnostic tests are often completely normal.

Sometimes, there are only very slight abnormalities which are misinterpreted or remain a point of confusion for both the doctor and the patient.

There are also tests for the electric function of nerves called EMGs and nerve conduction studies and sometimes even these are normal or nearly so.

All of this makes accurately evaluating effective neuropathy treatments a real specialty.

There is no substitute for a thorough examination.

Let me share a secret with you. The real measure of your neuropathy treatment progress often times comes down to the examination skills of your treating clinician.

Furthermore your neuropathy treatment clinician must have excellent recordkeeping systems so he or she can retrieve their information on a moments notice.

Some of the things that are tested for are really quite simple.

Things like your range of motion, sensation to touch, temperature, and vibration. Also your ability to walk on your heels and toes will be tested.

All of these things can tell your neuropathy treatment specialist so much about your progress.

And yes, sometimes you will need electric diagnostic tests to confirm your progress.

But, there is still no substitute for a very thorough initial examination as well as thorough and periodic follow-up examinations.

You should always feel completely comfortable with your neuropathy treatment specialist. If not, find somebody else.

Ask questions but most especially ask what the answers to those questions mean for the measurement of your neuropathy treatment success.

You have every right to expect honest answers.

Never forget this, and you stand best chance of neuropathy treatment success!

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