What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a term that describes nerve dysfunction. Basically this means something has caused the nerve or nerves to stop working properly. Neuropathies can be further divided into central, affecting the brain and spinal cord, and peripheral, affecting the nerves in the rest of the body. We are focusing on peripheral neuropathy here.
What are signs and symptoms of neuropathy?
Neuropathy can cause a variety of symptoms. Numbness, tingling, burning, itching are commonly described. Loss of sensation can occur in late stages. Balance problems and muscle weakness can also be signs of nerve dysfunction
What causes Neuropathy?
Hundreds of causes of neuropathy have been described. The most common causes we see in clinical practice are diabetes, chemotherapy, alcohol abuse, infections, traumatic and hereditary. Sometimes a cause cannot be determined. This gets the term idiopathic neuropathy.
How is neuropathy treated?
Most doctors treat neuropathy with a variety of topical and oral medications, focusing on symptom control. What we do differently is focus on restoring the function of the nerves with some innovative therapeutic techniques and nutritional support. The main therapy we employ is called Electric Signal Therapy or EST. This is a special kind of electrical stimulation using sophisticated equipment that can effectively wake up damaged nerves, allowing them to repair themselves and function again. The treatment is similar to TENS or other electrical stimulation in that it is externally applied through adhesive pads applied to the skin. I differs in the way the electricity is applied. The computerized device varies amplitude, frequency and intensity over the treatment time to effectively stay ahead of the bodies adaptation to the stimulation, vastly increasing its effectiveness. It is a real breakthrough in treatment of this potentially disabling condition. We combine this treatment with nutritional supplements that support the nerve tissue, improving the repairative process and enhancing nerve function. We are the only center offering this treatment in the Northeast.
How can a person schedule and appointment?
You can call the office at 203 791 0466 and speak to one of our friendly, helpful staff members and they will get you an appointment that is convenient for you. You can also text an appointment request to the same number(yes it works!). You can also go to our website danburypodiatrist.com and request an appointment there. We can also take appointment requests through our Facebook page, advancedfootandanklecenterct.