The Standard Treatment and the Right Treatment
In the first blog in this series, we looked at what peripheral neuropathy is, what causes it, and the telltale signs you may be suffering from neuropathy. In this blog, we will assess the typical treatment for peripheral neuropathy and then look at the approach we take at Core Medical Center.
The Typical Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy
When you first start experiencing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, you’ll likely schedule an office visit with your primary care physician. Chances are they will respond in one of three ways:
- They’ll tell you that “there’s nothing you can do about it”
- They’ll prescribe over-the-counter or prescription drugs to deal with the symptoms
- They’ll refer you to a neurologist
More often than not, if you do see a neurologist, you’ll simply be prescribed more drugs. That shouldn’t be a surprise. The United States has about 5% of the world’s population, but we consume about 70% of all the pharmaceutical products manufactured worldwide.
Why Doing Nothing Is Not a Good Idea
Peripheral neuropathy won’t just go away if you ignore it, or even if you reduce your activity level. Failing to treat the problem will only make things worse and can lead to difficulty using your extremities or even to amputation.
Why Pharmaceutical Products Are Not the Best Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy
The common medication prescribed for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy is Neurontin, also sold generically as Gabapentin. Unfortunately, Neurontin is not designed specifically to treat neuropathy, but is intended to serve as an anti-seizure medication. It won’t stop the progression of your peripheral neuropathy—to the contrary, it functions by slowing down your brain, so that you don’t feel your feet.
Our Approach at Core Medical Center
At Core Medical Center, we are committed to getting to the root of your health issues, rather than simply putting a bandaid on them. We’ve read the science and we know that peripheral nerves have the ability to regenerate, provided the underlying nerve hasn’t been killed. We take a four-step process to heal, rather than simply mask, your peripheral neuropathy:
- We’ll work to create new blood vessels, so that you’ll increase blood flow around the nerves
- The increased blood flow will help your peripheral nerves heal and rebuild
- We’ll use therapy to activate your peripheral nerves
- Our treatment will reduce inflammation, so that you’re risk of peripheral neuropathy is significant lowered
Contact Core Medical Center Today
Take action today to minimize your pain. At Core Medical Center, with offices in Blue Springs, Missouri, we take the time to get to the source of your pain, offering treatment with a long-term approach. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call our offices at (816) 427-0201.