Peripheral neuropathy is a condition characterized by damaged nerve endings, most commonly in the feet and lower legs. Generally, a patient’s symptoms are initially localized to the digits and bottom of the foot but over time can spread up the lower leg.

“After completing a detoxification program and 5 weeks of my neuropathy program, my balance has improved greatly and I don’t need a walker anymore. My hands and feet are no longer always cold and I don’t need to use a heated blanket. My back pain has reduced, my hips don’t hurt anymore, and I have gotten rid of my heartburn. My hands are no longer shaky and I can hold my soup spoon in my right hand without spilling it. My grip has improved in my arthritic hand. I’ve been going to the gym daily and I plan to continue with my program and eat clean, (except for the occasional splurges). I have lots of energy. I look forward to getting back to the work I enjoy and helping my daughter renovate her beach house. “
 – MM age 71

CAUSES OF NEUROPATHY IN POTOMAC FALLS

Most cases are related to diabetes which impacts between 60 to 70 percent of all patients with diabetes. This is because elevated blood sugars eventually damage the small blood vessels that provide nutrients to the nerves. Since the blood vessels cannot provide adequate nutrients to nerves, nerve injuries do not properly heal. There are dozens of other causes of neuropathy including trauma as well as the side effects of prescription drugs.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF NEUROPATHY

  • Experiencing tingling sensations in the extremities. This sensation is also described as a pin and needling feeling or prickling feeling.
  • Burning pain in the lower limbs. Eventually, the burning will move into the arms and hands as the condition progresses.
  • Having pains that are sharp and stabbing. Generally, these pains are worse in the evening.
  • Like the burning sensation, it will begin in the feet and legs and as the condition processes, the “electric-like” pain will move into the hands and arms.

It is also common for patients to develop muscle weakness and coordination problems. The muscles in the limbs may also become paralyzed. Patients also have an increased likelihood of developing foot ulcers and infections in the skin. Peripheral neuropathy can occur when there is nerve damage and develop into dysesthesia, which effects a patients’ touch sensation. This often leads to tingling and/or burning sensation. The skin on the extremities eventually will become so sensitive that the pressure from sheets or towels.

HOW WE TREAT NEUROPATHY IN POTOMAC FALLS

We use a multi-faceted approach. Medical treatment for years has centered on pain management medicine to cover up the symptoms while the condition progresses. We are focused on healing tissues of the body. We do this by a change in diet with additional supplements that specifically have been shown to assist in healing tissue.

We also use Red Light Therapy and Near-infrared Light Therapy. This painless approach employs a powerful system that focuses on healing the damaged nerve endings, rather than covering up the symptoms with dangerous drugs which can cause terrible side effects.

The light energy penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the mitochondria of the cells. This energizes the mitochondria and accelerates the healing of damaged nerves and surrounding tissues. It does this in part by increasing the oxygenation of injured tissue by revascularization or what’s called angiogenesis. In fact, regardless of what type of tissue is involved, red light therapy dramatically increases cellular function and stimulation of your healing properties of your body.

We also use Hypervibe that assists in stimulation of nerve fibers for balance. This along with specific exercise enhances the therapy.

Use of Shockwave therapy is invaluable in stimulating your own body’s ability to heal and studies have shown to help repair the myelin sheath. The protocol would be remiss if it didn’t include Lifestyle Changes that allowed your body to get this way in the first place.

REAL PEOPLE. REAL RESULTS.

“I was experiencing progressively more pain in my foot due to a stress fracture from overuse last summer. It became so severe that the pain never lessened even while laying in bed. Dr. Arndt recommended three shockwave treatments, a week apart. I had my doubts that it would work, but the pain started getting better after the first treatment. After the third treatment, the pain was gone and has never returned. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this treatment again for a future problem. It Works!”

– JJM

“I would say that my Neuropathy is 90% better. My understanding is that it would take about 6 months to judge the impact of my diet and exercise changes. With that period behind me, I am pleased to report that my weight has stabilized at 37 pounds less than when I began the program. My A1C ranged between 6.3-6.8 for many years and reached a surprising 7.8. At my annual a few months ago my reading was 5.7! My Primary Care Physician had me cut one of my medications in half. My glucose reading dropped from 166 to 122, still higher than my goal, but still a nice decrease. Triglycerides dropped significantly as well. I continue with my light treatments daily. I do water aerobics twice a week and Yoga class once per week, and I am walking more.”

– T.R.