Neuropathy is not a single disease – instead, it is a complication found in a number of different underlying medical conditions. It can also be seen without the cause being diagnosed, when doctors called it “idiopathic.”
The term neuropathy is short for peripheral neuropathy, meaning nerve damage in the peripheral nervous system. One of the most common causes of neurological symptoms is impingement to the nerve causing pain to refer away from its origin. In simplistic terms, this means that a nerve can be entrapped in one area and you can feel the pain in a completely different area.
Some of the signs of neuropathy are leg pain, arm pain, foot pain, back pain, including pain in the extremities. Most people don’t realize there is a silent condition called a vertebral subluxation where the nerve root itself can be impinged, and pain can be felt as far away as the extremities. Some other signs on neuropathy may include tingling and numbness.
This particular cause of neuropathy can be hard to detect as 90% of the time, when one has a vertebral subluxation, there will be no symptoms at all. This is why it is vital to have your nervous system checked by a chiropractic doctor. It is very similar to a cavity, where a cavity can be in your mouth for years before you suffer any type of tooth ache.
Neuropathy can be very painful and often very difficult to diagnose. Chiropractors are experts in detecting if your neuropathy might be caused by a vertebral subluxation. Take the time to recognize the possible symptoms of neurology and do yourself a favor, see your chiropractor.