There are many patients that have not yet fully researched the orthopaedic treatment of peripheral neuropathy and the methods used to heal. So we shall look a little closer into this branch of peripheral neuropathy treatment and how it can benefit you. But first, what is this orthopaedic method and what is involved? Orthopaedic treatment focuses on the nerves, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. In fact, it’s pretty much anything to do with the muscles and skeleton of our entire frame that is approached from treatment viewpoint.
As peripheral neuropathy is a condition where our nerves are affected, it seems logical to try and treat the disease with an orthopaedic angle of treatment. There are over 42 million people in the United States alone that suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy. There are over 100 known causes for this condition that just about any condition can set it off.
Peripheral neuropathy can manifest after chemotherapy treatment in cancer patients, it may also rear its ugly head because you are being treated for diabetes. At least a quarter of all senior citizens can get peripheral neuropathy for reasons no other than old age.
Therefore, it must be frustrating when patients with PN go to their general practitioner and are told a series of instructions on how to look after their feet and hands (if hands are the affected part of your condition). Patients are told to clean and inspect feet daily, take paracetamol (Tylenol), anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, report any infections to their local chiropodist and manage the condition among yourselves.
So why orthopaedic treatment for peripheral neuropathy can’t be looked into more intimately in this field, we are not too sure but it’s not all bad news; recent studies into the treatment of peripheral neuropathy have been shining a positive light on orthopaedic treatment of PN.
Restoring sensation and decreasing pain is all a patient with peripheral neuropathy ever wants and needs, so it’s worth cheering the fact that there has been advancement in the field of PN treatment by doctors at a Baltimore University – and orthopaedic treatments are gaining a big thumbs up.
By using orthopaedic medicinal practices on patients with PN, a doctor can successfully restore some strength in the extremities, prevent the need to keep on taking painkillers several times a day, prevent less deformation of the feet and affected hands and reduce ulcerations and infections brought on by the condition worsening.
Individual Needs of the Patient
Every patient with PN will have a different story to tell about their pain, lack of sensation and how they are coping with PN. Therefore using orthopaedic treatments of peripheral neuropathy will vary from patient to patient.
The Orthopaedic Surgery Unit in St. John’s Hospital University in Baltimore, U.S. discovered that by decompressing the (unresponsive) nerves in our feet or hands, strength and sensation can return to the extremities and pain can be radically diminished. The practice of nerve decompression was first used by treating a similar but unrelated condition of carpel tunnel syndrome.
One of theories of nerve decompression was that metabolic changes in the patient occurred leading the nerve to become more responsive once decompressed. There is also positive results of orthopaedic practices working well with peripheral neuropathy patients that have the disease because of their diabetic condition.
Orthopaedic treatment can help break down glucose accumulation in the peripheral nerves. Massage therapists have been describing for centuries that manipulation of the nerves, tendons and muscle tissues will break down the tight knotted fibres of the muscles and skeletal structures of our body. The tight, knotted muscles are agitated causing water and blood flow to move more freely through the nerve.
Sweat and urine are two ways that excess water build up exits your body. Orthopaedic treatment in peripheral neuropathy can work in much the same way. Decompressed nerves will in time regenerate, as studies have found out. Peripheral Neuropathy is fairly common – as our figures clearly suggest in the earlier part of this article – it has been widely touted as incurable but if orthopaedic treatment works for some, there’s no reason why it should not be considered as a first line of examination and treatment.
Of course it’s not a cure but more a treatment for peripheral neuropathy that might offer relief. Recent advancements have been focussed on the orthopaedic angle of treatment, which should allow patients to start to lead some sort of normality in their daily lives.
But don’t forget you won’t need an orthopaedic surgeon to come and massage your feet and hands, you can easily do this form of treatment yourself. It will help to improve circulation and offer temporary pain relief. And never underestimate the power of physical therapy treatments when addressing your peripheral neuropathy, this can go a long way to strengthening what is essentially weak at the moment in your body.