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Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy and Why Everyone Over 65 Should Be Concerned

Written By Hancock Healthcare Group on March 22, 2022

chiropractor checking neuropathy in foot

Peripheral neuropathy doesn’t just cause irritating or painful symptoms - it can also signal the presence of a serious health condition. If you are over 65 years of age, it is essential to get an accurate diagnosis. Our healthcare professionals at Hancock Healthcare Group in Cape Coral, FL, can help you choose the best treatment plan for your individual needs. 

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition characterized by damage to the peripheral nerves (located outside the brain or spinal column). Experienced by anywhere from 10 million to 20 million Americans, neuropathy typically affects the hands, legs, and feet. It can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. 

Neuropathy can have a variety of root causes, including diabetes, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, physical trauma, vascular disorders, and alcoholism. A small number of cases can even have no discernible origin. Our physicians can conduct a thorough examination and help you determine the source of your peripheral neuropathy. 

Who is at risk for peripheral neuropathy?

As you age, your risk of developing peripheral neuropathy increases exponentially. Anyone over the age of 65 should be tested for the condition with our TM-Flow machine at Hancock Healthcare Group in Cape Coral. Patients as young as 50 should also be tested if one or more risk factors are present, such as obesity, tobacco use, heavy drinking, malnutrition, or chemotherapy. 

How can I treat peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy can be extremely painful, while also rendering extremities devoid of feeling. These uncomfortable symptoms can be successfully treated with e-Stim technology, which includes Electrical Nerve Stimulation treatments at Hancock Healthcare Group. This non-invasive procedure is designed to heal damaged nerve endings by stimulating tissue growth and repair. E-Stim technology facilitates your body’s natural ability to heal itself, allowing your nerves to recover in a shorter amount of time. 

Contact Hancock Healthcare Group

Treat the symptoms of your painful peripheral neuropathy with our e-Stim technology treatments at Hancock Healthcare Group in Cape Coral, FL. For more information about our healthcare services or to schedule a consultation, call (239) 574-5559 or send us a message on our website

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