Fighting Neuropathy…And Winning

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By: Dr: John Conde DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Painful burning, tingling, and numbness are words typically used to describe the sensation experienced by individual suffering with neuropathy. Neuropathy is a broad, generalized term that denotes damage or disruption to nerves that carry vital information either for movement, sensation, or vasculature and organ regulation. Neuropathy can be classified by its distribution and is broken down into two major categories; polyneuropathy and mono or focal neuropathy. Polyneuropathy simply means that multiple areas are affected simultaneously and mono or focal neuropathy refers to one region being affected. The most common type of neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy which is a type of polyneuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is characterized by burning, tingling, numbness, sharp pain, loss of feeling, extreme sensitivity to touch, and lack of coordination.

There are several causes of peripheral neuropathy. Some of these include genetic contributions, diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency, post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles), infection, alcoholic neuropathy, drugs, injury to nerves, toxins, uremia (kidney failure), post-chemotherapy treatment, and idiopathic (spontaneous occurrence). A thorough examination and medical history is necessary for accurate diagnosis. Quite often blood work, imaging, and nerve conduction studies are ordered to determine the precise etiology.

A breakthrough study in the journal of gynecologic oncology has demonstrated a 90 percent success rate in the treatment of chemotherapy- induced peripheral neuropathy with the use of photobiomodulation/class IV laser therapy. They also found significant improvement of functional recovery after nerve crush injuries and toxin exposure with class IV laser therapy.

Class IV laser therapy improves neuropathy by preventing neural apoptosis and enhancing neurite outgrowth. Basically, this means that it helps prevent nerve cell death and it promotes the production of more nerve synapses. It also draws water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. During class IV laser therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.

The most compelling part is that researchers did not note any complications with this treatment.  This is groundbreaking, evidenced-based medicine that can be applied immediately to help this ailing population feel and function better.

Dr. John Conde is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, one of only one thousand in the country. He holds diplomate status through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He provides specialized care for difficult cases of back neck pain, numbness-tingling, vertigo-dizziness balance disorders, fibromyalgia, migraines, AD/HD, autism, and dyslexia. His office is located at the Atlantic Grove in Delray Beach, FL and can be reached at 561-330-6096, drconde@thecondecenter.com, and at www.thecondecenter.com