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Effective Treatment Methods for Diabetic Neuropathy Proper and timely treatment can help manage diabetic neuropathy effectively.

According to the statistics from the American Diabetes Association, 10.9 million or 26.9% of people aged 65 years and older have diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy refers to nerve damage that occurs in people with diabetes. Progression of the neuropathy and nerve damage can be prevented with early treatment. For patients with uncontrolled blood glucose levels, the blood vessels that carry oxygen to the nerves can be damaged. There are different types of diabetic neuropathy such as peripheral neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, femoral neuropathy, thoracic/lumbar radiculopathy and Charcot’s joint. Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form. While the causes of diabetic neuropathies differ, symptoms for nerve damage can include indigestion, numbness, loss of bladder control, tingling of the feet and lower legs, dizziness, and difficulty swallowing.

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Treatment for diabetic neuropathy is focused on slowing progression of the disease, relieving pain, managing complications and restoring function. The major treatable risk factor for diabetic neuropathy is glycemic control. Based on the symptoms, neurological tests and electromyography are conducted to determine the severity of the condition. Treatment plans are then developed based on this evaluation and may include the following: •

Chiropractic Care: Misalignments in the spine can be corrected with individualized care from an experienced chiropractor. Misaligned spines can affect the nervous system as well as internal organs including the pancreas. Chiropractic adjustments can activate the cells of the nervous system to get the body functioning at a higher level. This supports the innate healing properties and systems of the body. With the services provided by a skilled chiropractor the nervous system is optimized, thereby increasing the communication from the brain to the body and back to the brain.

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Pain Management and Nerve Repair: Treatment is also provided to reduce the pain caused by nerve damage and help the nerves repair themselves. Appropriate pain management can significantly improve the lives of people with diabetes and painful neuropathy. Nerve pain can be controlled with a combination of certain pain medications including: http://www.hqbk.com/

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o Tricyclic antidepressants o Narcotic pain medicines o Opioids and opioid-like drugs •

Physical Therapy: Based on an evaluation of the patient’s functional level, physical therapists provide gait training and therapeutic exercise to improve function, mobility and quality of life. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is painless and helps relieve stiffness and spasm. Sensitivity in the feet can be lost due to diabetes. Ultrasound therapy is utilized to stimulate the tissue beneath the skin's surface using very high frequency sound waves. This therapy can help patients regain sensitivity in their feet. Regular exercise programs in physical therapy can: o Strengthen the foot and leg muscles o Improve ability to walk o Restore lost balance and sensation

Reliable rehabilitation centers also provide effective treatment plans to manage blood glucose levels to prevent the condition in people with diabetes. Make sure to approach an experienced healthcare center that provides ongoing monitoring and follow up programs for diabetic neuropathy treatment. Posted by HealthQuest http://www.hqbk.com/

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Effective treatment methods for diabetic neuropathy