Peripheral Neuropathy Specialist

Craig Ranch Chiropractic

Chiropractors located in McKinney, TX

If you’re feeling constant throbbing pain in your limbs, joints, or muscles and notice sudden digestive problems, you might be suffering from peripheral neuropathy, harm to your peripheral nerves. Make an appointment online or by phone to see Dr. Troy Allam at Craig Ranch Chiropractic in McKinney, Texas, right away. Your nerves control all of the senses and the signals sent back and forth to your brain and parts of your body responsible for essential everyday functions. Dr. Allam and his friendly staff can offer therapeutic pain relief and help you adopt simple lifestyle changes to fight back against this chronic condition.

Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Your peripheral nervous system carries instructions from your brain to your limbs, spinal cord, joints, and muscles. It also controls bodily functions you do without thinking like digestion. Disturbances to your peripheral nervous system, which is made up of the nerves that affect the functions of many different parts of your body, create the condition known as peripheral neuropathy.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

There are a number of different underlying conditions that can lead to nerve damage and bring on peripheral neuropathy symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Alcoholism
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Diabetes (over half of diabetes patients develop some form of peripheral neuropathy)
  • Toxic substances (certain metals or chemicals)
  • Some medications (particularly those used to treat cancer)
  • Trauma to the nerve (sports injuries or car crashes)
  • Vitamin deficiencies (especially B vitamins)
  • Tumors
  • Bone marrow disorders

Genetics is a common risk factor. If you have a family history of peripheral neuropathy, you may be more susceptible.

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Since all of the nerves in your peripheral nervous system work differently, symptoms vary based on the type of nerve or nerves affected. Your sensory nerves send and receive information to parts of your body and affect how you experience sensations like temperature, touch, and pain. Motor nerves affect your muscles and their motion. Autonomic nerves dictate blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, and functioning of your bladder.

Here are some common symptoms:

  • Numbness or tingling sensation in your feet, hands, legs, or arms
  • Sharp bouts of pain
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Decreased coordination, making you prone to falling
  • Weakened muscles or paralysis
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Bowel or digestive issues
  • Drastic altering of blood pressure, leading to dizziness

How is peripheral neuropathy treated?

Even though there is no cure, Dr. Allam offers a variety of primary and adjunctive therapy options that help with pain relief, promote improved nerve function, and encourage lifestyle choices that lead to a happier, healthier life. Spinal adjustments and manipulations provide efficient relief from many neuromusculoskeletal disorders, including peripheral neuropathy.

Dr. Allam offers wide-ranging adjustments based on different techniques, characterized by varying amounts of pressure application and style. Therapeutic stretching, exercise, and massage treatment can also help ease your pain. Dr. Allam decides which technique is best for you and your condition.

He can also direct you to nutritional counseling and lifestyle modification counseling services at Craig Ranch Chiropractic if your current lifestyle is making your symptoms worse.