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12309 Gold Street 1650 S 70th, Suite 200
Omaha, NE  68144 Lincoln, NE  68506
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Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment Program:
ABOUT PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY:  FACTS

Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves—the motor, sensory and autonomic nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs.  It usually affects the hands and feet, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain.  Peripheral neuropathy’s course is variable; it can come and go, slowly progressing over many years, or it can become severe and debilitating.  However, if diagnosed early, peripheral neuropathy can often be controlled.

 

Why Have We Heard So Little About Peripheral Neuropathy?  Is It A New Disease?

Peripheral neuropathy is common. It is estimated that upwards of 20 million Americans suffer from this illness. It can occur at any age, but is more common among older adults. A l999 survey found that 8-9% of Medicare recipients have peripheral neuropathy as their primary or secondary diagnosis.  The annual cost to Medicare exceeds $3.5 billion.

 

Peripheral neuropathy has always been present, but has not received much attention. Its extent and importance have not yet been adequately recognized.  It is apt to be misdiagnosed, or thought to be merely a side effect of another disease like diabetes or cancer or kidney failure.  The development of new therapies has unfortunately been slow and under funded.


What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?

There are many causes of neuropathy.  Approximately 30% of neuropathies are “idiopathic,” or of an unknown cause. In another 30% of cases, the cause is diabetes. Other neuropathy causes include autoimmune disorders, tumors, heredity, nutritional imbalances, infections or toxins.

Small Fiber Neuropathy.  The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary from patient to patient, even from one foot to another.  This is due to the damage that happens to the small nerve endings in the feet and toes called "small fiber neuropathy".  Small fiber neuropathy can have with it strong symptoms that can effect every aspect of life.  So many of our patiets see the picture of the feet stepping on the pins and tell us "That is exactly what it feels lie!"  Socks, slippers, even bed sheets can feel like pins all over the feet.  We have a specific progam designed for the neuropathy that feels like pins in the feet or like both feet are burning . . . we have seen great success in treating small fiber neuropathy symptoms.

Diabetic Neuropathy

 

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder caused by diabetes. Over time, uncontrolled blood sugar levels can damage nerves throughout the body.  This nerve damage causes different symptoms and the problems first appear in the toes, feet, and hands.

Common symptoms are numbness, burning, pain, or tingling in the feet or legs, which can lead to serious problems with infected foot sores going unnoticed. Diabetic neuropathy can also develop suddenly and cause double vision, drooping eyelids, and weakened or wasting thigh muscles.

 

In the past, patients have been left to suffer from the pain associated with neuropathy and can be in danger of suffering more  serious foot complications.  When the diabetic neuropathy effects the feet, they are more easily injured and develop sores.  These sores can get infected and in cases can lead to loss of the toes, feet, or even lower leg.  The first step to limb preservation is proper treatment of the diabetic neuropathy followed by increasing blood flow to the feet through specific activities.  Before now, the treatment options for most patients were only oral medications, which can have major side effects and can affect quality of life.

 

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy treatment is focused on symptom relief and function.  Our new treatment for the pain from diabetic neuropathy is a combination of pain management procedures with breakthrough technology that aids in healing. Our Neuropathy Program is paid by Medicare and Medicaid as well as most all major insurance carriers.  This program has proven effective for most patients with results being 6 months to 1 year of reduction or relief of symtpoms and increased activity.

 

Our patients are experiencing relief of their symptoms and achieving a much more active lifestyle.  Although the damage on the nerves is permanent, the relief you can feel from the symptoms in the feet can give you freedom and mobility.

Our doctors have worked in limb preservation programs through the VA hospital system and are well versed in helping our patients get fast relief and get more active.  Diabetic peripheral neuropathy left untreated can lead to severe problems; however, there is no need to suffer any longer.

 

Our physicians provide you with an accurate diagnosis through state of the art diagnostics to ensure we can give you the relief you are looking for.  An accurate diagnosis of the diabetic neuropathy and the severity of your condition will guide the treatment program.  Our doctors will also work directly with you to treat the pain by providing therapy you can do at home to support the treatment you are getting in our offices.

Breakthrough Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment

We have designed a new treatment program that is helping thousands of patients with neuropathy today.  We help aliviate the symptoms caused by neuropathy and allow people to live more normal life . . . many times with reduced or no pain.  Our treatments are unique and have been successful for even the most chronic cases. 

 

The technology has advanced in the treatment of neuropathy and thousands are benifiting from those advancements daily, in the Breakthrough Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment Program.