The Correct Physical Therapy and Neuropathy Patients – A Winning Combination
Peripheral neuropathy affects virtually every patient differently.
Some neuropathy patients suffer strictly from nerve pain, some have issues with numbness and still others have issues with mobility or some combination of symptoms.
Any neuropathy symptom can make functioning and carrying on a normal life virtually impossible.
While your pain may make any kind of physical activity the furthest thing from your mind, a good physical therapist can greatly increase your potential for rehabilitation. Your neuropathy does not have to be a life sentence.
Who Should See A NeuropathyDR Specialty Clinician
If you suffer from any of these issues:
· Weakness or numbness
· Increased nerve sensitivity
· Abnormal gait when you walk
· Decreased endurance
· Limited range of motion
· Difficulty keeping your balance
· Problems with bracing yourself
· Joints that are stiff or contracted
A good physical therapist, chiropractor or osteopathic physician may be able to help you. Talk to your own doctor about recommending a NeuropathyDR® clinician near you for an evaluation. Clinicians who specialize in treating neuropathy patients, like our NeuropathyDR® physical therapists and chiropractors will have a strong knowledge base when it comes to addressing whatever your particular neuropathy symptoms happen to be.
What To Expect
We will do a complete history and physical and find out where you need the most assistance and what course of treatment will work best for you. Physical therapy can be a crucial step to increase the likelihood of rehabilitation from your peripheral neuropathy.
Be sure to find a physical therapist with expertise in treating neuropathy patients. A good physical therapy specialist will be able to develop a treatment regimen that won’t make your neuropathy symptoms worse.
One thing to remember – in order for your insurance to pay for physical therapy treatment, you will more than likely need a prescription from your treating physician. Ask if there are any NeuropathyDR® physical therapists in your area or go online and find one yourself.
Physical Therapy Treatment Options
Some physical therapists will attack your particular issues directly or they may opt to work indirectly and work around the underlying problem to first address whatever your particular deficits may be. If you have balance issues, they may work to build your muscle strength and allow you to be more grounded.
Every patient is different. What worked for one may not work for the next. A good physical therapist will take the time to fully understand your particular issues and prescribe a treatment regimen that addresses the areas where you need the most assistance and that will show the best opportunity for improvement.
If you’ve never been to a physical therapist, you may not really understand what they do. Here are some basic treatment techniques used in a physical therapy regimen that might help you:
· Soft tissue manipulation techniques
· Peripheral and/or spinal mobilization
· Thermal treatments
· Electrical stimulation
· Near infrared phototherapy
· Balance systems
· Individualized therapeutic exercise
· Functional activities
Seeing an expert physical therapist can give you a chance at a positive outcome and improve your ability to function normally. Give yourself every opportunity to get your life back and live beyond your peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
We hope you found this information helpful and you take steps today to find a NeuropathyDR® practitioner in your area.
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