Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

symptomsPeripheral Neuropathy, or PN, is one of the most common types of chronic pain experienced by individuals. This illness has continued to become more and more prevalent as our environments have changed. Odds are that you know of at least one person who suffers from a PN related condition, whether it is a family member, friend, co-worker, or even yourself. If you suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy, then rest assured that there is a solution to the pain.

Are you confused about the causes of Peripheral neuropathy? Many times neuropathy is thought of as a diabetic disorder. However, diabetes only accounts for about 30% of all neuropathic cases. Neuropathy describes a wide collection of disorders which are the result of nerve damage. The most common form is peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms include painful tingling/burning or numbness in the arms, hands, feet, legs and toes.


Unfortunately, the causes of Peripheral neuropathy are not always identifiable. In roughly 30% of cases, the exact cause can not be determined. These cases are referred to as “Peripheral Neuropathy”. However, there are several identifiable factors that can result in this condition.

  • Trauma or pressure on nerves from repetitive motion such as typing on a keyboard. This is commonly known as carpal tunnel.
  • Poor nutrition, especially vitamin B deficiency.
  • Alcoholism
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Guillain
  • Barre syndrome
  • Tumors (if they are pressing against a nerve).
  • Health Conditions: Kidney disease, liver disease, lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, or underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Inherited disorders
  • Poison/Toxins
  • Chemotherapy

Understanding the causes of peripheral neuropathy is important because in some cases the root cause can be treated and the condition will be temporary. In other cases, such as diabetic neuropathy, the causes are not curable and the condition can only be managed.

Chiropractic practitioners can provide additional benefits in the treatment of neuropathy. Chiropractic treatment adjusts the spine, releasing joint restrictions and misalignments that cause irritation and/or pressure on the spinal nerve. When the spine is adjusted, the nervous system is able to flow naturally, and the body is better able to heal itself. This will not “cure” neuropathy, but it can significantly reduce it’s impact, and slow down it’s progression. The result is a healthier body and a better quality of life.If you are suffering from chronic pain that has so far been untreatable, it may be time to get professional help.

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