Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome. What you might not know is that carpal tunnel syndrome is only one of a family of ailments in the upper limbs known as entrapment neuropathies. The other entrapment neuropathies are not as well-known in the mainstream as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), so often those who suffer from nerve symptoms in their forearms and hands frequently jump to conclusions without having an accurate diagnosis.

An entrapment neuropathy, also called nerve compression syndrome, occurs when a nerve is wedged or “pinched” against a bone, inflamed muscle. Aside from the median nerve (the one associated with CTS) there are two main nerves that help to control your arm and hand: the radial nerve and the ulnar nerve. Both are susceptible to compression, and the results can be painful!

Entrapment occurs under a number of conditions, most commonly:

  • When there is an injury originating at your neck or a disease of the cervical spine
  • When your elbow has been injured due to fractures or improper use
  • When your wrist has been injured due to fractures or Guyon canal alignment problems
  • An aneurysm or thrombosis in your arteries
  • Factors commonly associated with peripheral neuropathy, such as diabetes, rheumatism, alcoholism, or infection

Your radial nerve runs the length of your arm, and is responsible for both movement and sensation. Radial neuropathy usually occurs at the back of the elbow, and can present itself with many of the common symptoms of neuropathy such as tingling, loss of sensation, weakness and reduced muscle control (in this case, often difficulty in turning your palm upwards with your elbow extended).

A number of palsies affect the radial nerve, such as:

  • Saturday night palsy (also called Honeymooner’s palsy), where your radial nerve is compressed in your upper arm by falling asleep in a position where pressure is exerted on it by either furniture or a bed partner
  • Crutch palsy, where your nerve is pinched by poorly-fitted axillary crutches
  • Handcuff neuropathy, wherein tight handcuffs compress your radial nerve at your wrists

Two main conditions affect the ulnar nerve: Guyon’s canal syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. Guyon’s canal syndrome is almost exactly the same in symptoms as carpal tunnel syndrome (pain and tingling in the palm and first three fingers), but involves a completely different nerve. Guyon’s canal syndrome is caused by pressure on your wrists, often by resting them at a desk or workstation, and is frequently experienced by cyclists due to pressure from the handlebars.

Nearly everyone has experienced cubital tunnel syndrome: it’s the “dead arm” sensation we’ve all felt when we wake up after sleeping on top of our arm! Sleeping with your arm folded up compresses the ulnar nerve at your shoulder, causing it to effectively “cut off” feeling to your arm. As you probably know from experience, this sensation is unsettling but temporary.

Diagnosis for all compression neuropathies is fairly consistent: We’ll examine your arms for signs of neuropathy, and will likely ask you to perform several demonstrations of dexterity.  If we suspect you may have an underlying condition,lab tests may be recommended. To pinpoint the specific location of a compression, we may also suggest MRI.

Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, most cases of compression neuropathy are mild. Good self care for mild cases involves ice, rest, and a change in habits of motion or stress that are causing the symptoms. Otherwise, professional care in office as well as at home is often indicated.

If you suffer from a compression neuropathy or have questions about this or any other kind of neuropathy, call us ASAP. As with any neuropathy, don’t wait! The sooner you get an accurate diagnosis, the more conservative options for treatment you’ll have.

Join the conversation at Beating Neuropathy!

References:

http://www.mdguidelines.com/neuropathy-of-radial-nerve-entrapment
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1285531-overview
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1244885-overview
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2599973/?tool=pmcentrez

Entrapment Neuropathy: More Than Just Carpal Tunnel! is a post from: Neuropathy | Neuropathy Doctors | Neuropathy Treatment | Neuropathy Treatments | Neuropathy Physical Therapists

The post Carpal Tunnel Syndrome appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.

“If your Pain & Neuropathy Treatment is so GOOD then Why doesn’t MY Doctor know about it?”

“If your Pain & Neuropathy Treatment is so GOOD then Why doesn’t MY Doctor know about it?” This is a question we answer every day.

The reality is, most physicians do everything they can to help their patients. Unfortunately, especially in practices that do not specialize, the doctors are oftentimes unaware of new and drug free systems and procedures that may be available to help their patients.

Now don’t get me wrong, oftentimes drugs a life-saving approach, and you should always defer these decisions to your well-trained medical professionals. You probably already know however that in many forms of chronic pain and especially peripheral neuropathy drug only therapy can be a dead end.

But unfortunately, drug therapy is the only training most medical professionals and facilities ever receive. Furthermore, we know the pharmaceutical industry is huge, with immense marketing budgets and constant bombardment of their messages not only to patients but doctors as well.

And this is not a new problem. I remember 30+ years ago having discussions with my medical doctor friends about this very issue. Many times intense pharmaceutical marketing makes their jobs more difficult, rather than easier.

But the good news is, we now know that many patients who combine drug therapy with the latest available neuropathy and chronic pain treatments do far better. Often times, these neuropathy patients are able to reduce and sometimes eliminate certain medications.

These specialized neuropathy chronic pain treatments include patient training and applications of special neuropathy treatment modalities.

Some of the biggest neuropathy treatment breakthroughs are occurring in electrotherapy, laser therapy, in other neurostimulatory techniques.

There are now many systems available to help patients deal more effectively with their neuropathy, pain, sleep and life disruption then ever before.

We are here to help you sort them out.

Join our conversation today by joining us HERE!

If this Neuropathy Treatment is so GOOD then Why doesn’t MY Doctor know about it? is a post from: NeuropathyDR | Neuropathy | Neuropathy Treatment | Neuropathy Treatments | NeuropathyDR

Related posts:

  1. “I’ve been sick for years, what can I really expect with good Neuropathy Treatment?” Regardless of what caused your peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain,…
  2. Good Neuropathy Treatment is a Project! You see there is no one-size-fits-all treatment program for neuropathy….
  3. Good Neuropathy Treatment and Your Mobility Light activity as part of good neuropathy treatment often cuts…
  4. Good Neuropathy Treatment Has Many Pieces Choose your neuropathy treatment and your neuropathy professionals carefully! They…
  5. Your Quality of Life and Good Neuropathy Treatment NeuropathyDR® clinicians use a neuropathy treatment method which includes several…

The post “If your Pain & Neuropathy Treatment is so GOOD then Why doesn’t MY Doctor know about it?” appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.

Think You May Have Neuropathy?

Think you may have neuropathy? One hundred million Americans suffer some form of chronic pain—and 25% of those suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy (PN). Unfortunately, like so many disorders, PN is reaching epidemic proportions.

Why is that? Well, it looks like many forms are lifestyle-related. The most common cause is likely related to the increasing rates of obesity and poor fitness. But because there are many different causes, it is important to work with a healthcare professional that understands this, and tries to identify any possible causes early on.

The most important thing of all while searching for possible correctable causes is to embark upon a self-treatment program early on. This includes learning more about your own health and fitness.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of maintaining proper body weight. Another immediate step you can take is limiting possible irritants and artificial sweeteners from your diet. Failing to take immediate action to help move your health in a positive direction is a big mistake.

Make every attempt to begin some non-drug therapies like nerve stimulation, laser, and physical therapy early on—even during the diagnostic process! The reason for this is quite simple: As we said, many patients search for answers, and all the while their health continues to deteriorate.Some care may dull the pain for a while. But, unfortunately, symptoms often return, with a vengeance.

Don’t let this be you. Please steer clear of the magic Google “cure” or  latest “Nerve Formula” on Facebook. Only an accurate diagnosis is the clearest pathway toward the best available treatment.

Please remember we are always here to help with a proper work-up and treatment.

Join the conversation on Facebook!

Think You May Have Neuropathy? What To Do Next is a post from: Neuropathy | Neuropathy Doctors | Neuropathy Treatment | Neuropathy Treatments | Neuropathy Physical Therapists

Related posts:

  1. Do You Suffer from Neuropathy “Analysis Paralysis”? While searching for a precise answer or neuropathy treatment plan,…
  2. When it’s Not Just Neuropathy That Keeps You Awake—or, What Is Restless Leg Syndrome? RLS can occur alongside peripheral neuropathy, or in patients who…
  3. Taking Misery to Miracles in Just 5 Weeks… Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by or is a manifestation…
  4. Anxiety, Depression, and Good Neuropathy Treatment One of the things that is perhaps universal amongst patients…
  5. Make Your Neuropathy Treatment Program Work Better! We know for a fact that self-treatment goes a long…

The post Think You May Have Neuropathy? appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.

Is LLLT Effective Pain & Neuropathy Treatment?

LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy) including LLLT and laser in human healthcare dates back to the space program of the 1990s. But is LLLT effective pain and neuropathy treatment? The answer is a resounding yes, IF great equipment and trained physicians are utilized.

According to SBIR/NASA, LED has been utilized as part of cancer treatment, especially for a complication called oral mucositis. LEDs have also been used for improved wound healing, as well as “speeding deconditioned personnel to full duty performance”. LED (Light Emitting Diode) usage has also been approved by the Naval special warfare command. 1

But how exactly does this work? Well, the scientific explanations are highly technical. But what has been known for centuries is that light speeds healing. Once upon a time, ill patients from infectious disease units and TB wards were rolled out into sunlight daily. Wounds that failed to heal were also exposed to sunlight.

From a simple perspective though, we know that light energy is simply clusters of photons or energy particles that can penetrate tissue at selected depths.

We also know that various wavelengths of light can then have specific effects. The most important effect that may have a bearing on peripheral neuropathy and related conditions is the ability to stimulate metabolism, or cellular efficiency.

You see, all the work we have done in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy since 2008 has been focused upon improving cell energy. This also of course includes diet, exercise and certain other compounds found in nature such as amino acids, carnitine, and lipoic acid.

You probably also know we’ve extensively used electrotherapy via the NDGen® Neurostimulator.

With the combination of laser, both in clinic and at home with the Wearable Laser you see below, we are now able to expand our reach and help more patients than ever before with LLLT effective pain and neuropathy treatment.

Although the research is early, it is extraordinarily encouraging. Talk to our team about possibly adding light therapy to your treatment. Consider this especially if you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or other poor wound-healing complications.

Join our community on Facebook to learn about up-and-coming neuropathy and pain treatments!

1 http://sbir.nasa.gov/SBIR/successes/ss/8-035text.html

Can LED Be Part of Effective Neuropathy Treatment? is a post from: Neuropathy Doctors and Physical Therapists| Neuropathy | Neuropathy Treatments | Neuropathy Doctors | Neuropathy Physical Therapists

Related posts:

  1. Two schools of thought in Neuropathy Treatment Part 1 One approach to treating neuropathy is to attempt to correct…
  2. Two schools of thought in Neuropathy Treatment Part 2 Effective neuropathy treatment begins with a very thorough assessment by…
  3. What is the most difficult part of Neuropathy Treatment? Perhaps the most difficult thing for neuropathy treatment patients is…
  4. Why Are There Several Components To Effective Neuropathy Treatment? NeuropathyDR practitioners have had great success in treating patients with…
  5. What About Laser For My Neuropathy Treatment? So what does laser have to do with neuropathy treatment?…

The post Is LLLT Effective Pain & Neuropathy Treatment? appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.

Holiday Stress? Just Say No.

One key to avoiding stress is knowing that it’s okay just to say, “No, I’m not participating.”

It is long been known that on the scale of psychological stresses, the holidays rank near number one.

Why is that?

As you probably guessed, there are many reasons—who can’t name a few? Finances, our and our spouses’ expectations, and—often the biggest—family.

It could be this has been a physically or financially difficult year for you. If so, the holidays might bring dread rather than joy.

One of the most important things to understand is that it’s okay just to say, “No, I’m not participating.” Seriously, I read this many years ago in one of my favorite life simplification books.

Yes, this could be the right solution for you. Sometimes one of the healthiest things we can do is just choose not to participate in chosen—or all—holiday activities.

Psychologists will be the first to tell us that, as adults, the most stressful things the holidays bring are our own expectations that they will miraculously do something for us that they can’t.

So, some people will choose travel, go away for the day, or simply be by themselves. What keeps you happy and healthy is exactly what you should do!

Others seemingly will suffer through anything, and complain about it all the while. This is how you stress yourself out!

Yet others embrace the season with joy.

Whatever it is for you, start by making a healthy choice.

Like everything, keep in mind it is a choice.

Join the conversation on Facebook!

Holiday Stress? Just Say No. is a post from: Neuropathy | Neuropathy Doctors | Neuropathy Treatment | Neuropathy Treatments | Neuropathy Physical Therapists

The post Holiday Stress? Just Say No. appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine – Can It Help You?

Most people don’t have a clue what acetyl-L-carnitine is. Perhaps, you see it on the vitamin shelf and think, “yeah, whatever,” if you notice it at all. However, this supplement has been getting a lot of attention for its potential benefits.

As with any supplement, medicine or treatment, there’s no one-stop-shop or magic pill for everyone and everything. We’re all different and have varied chemistries. Consequently, this means things can act differently in our bodies. That’s why it’s impossible for someone to say, “this is a 100% effective.”

That’s also why it’s important for all of us to be wise stewards of our own health. For this reason, here at neuropathydr.com we enjoy sharing potentially helpful information in hopes we can help you.

Acetyl-L-carnitine is one of those hidden gems with the potential to help many. Now, we’d like to introduce you.

How Can Acetyl-L-Carnitine Help You?

To begin with, acetyl-l-carnitine is an amino acid. In case you don’t remember from science class, amino acids are the building blocks for proteins. However, this amino acid acts differently. Acetyl-l-carnitine helps our nerve cells utilize energy and function at peak levels.

We won’t go in depth about the details of how. More importantly, we want to focus on what it can do.

Based on research across decades, acetyl-l-carnitine has emerged as effective in supporting optimal brain health. It also helps memory and much more. Beyond the brain, it has shown great promise for impacting neuropathy pain, nerve functioning, energy levels and still more.

Here is just a small list of areas acetyl-l-carnitine is being or has been researched for its beneficial properties. These have shown varied levels of effectiveness, but all are believed to show promise though more research continues to be needed.

  • Memory improvement
  • Increased energy
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Poor brain functions due to certain causes
  • Nerve pain (neuropathy)
  • ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression
  • Fragile X – decreased hyperactive behaviors
  • Fibromyalgia – improved pain

And so much more.

With the potential of this supplement, we would be doing our readers a disservice if we didn’t share.

So, is this a guarantee it will help you? No. Is there a chance acetyl-l-carnitine could help you, definitely! If you’d like to give this supplement a try today, we do offer it here solo and in topical and as part of our Metabolic Dose Packs. (REMEMBER: Reception Room Members SAVE 10% Every Day!).

As with any supplement be sure to check with your physicians before beginning.

We’d love to have you join us over on Facebook. We share a variety of information and always welcome your feedback.

The post Acetyl-L-Carnitine – Can It Help You? appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.

What is Metabolic Syndrome and Why Should You Care?

Some people have never heard of metabolic syndrome. Although, you may know it by another name. Perhaps, you’re more familiar with the term pre-diabetes.

If so, then you know this is a precursor stage for the development of full-blown diabetes. That’s when your health can really start taking a turn for the worse. You may not know it immediately, but eventually, if left unaddressed at its root, diabetes will have detrimental effects on your body.

Metabolic syndrome is the “early” warning sign prior to the possible full blown development of diabetes. In fact, the development of neuropathy can occur sometimes 15 years or more before a diagnosis of diabetes occurs!

But turning around your lifestyle and making immediate changes may help prevent Type II diabetes altogether.

Interestingly, metabolic syndrome has become more and more common over the last decade. In addition to that scary fact, the age at which the syndrome is appearing is steadily decreasing. It is now quite common for young people and even children to be affected with metabolic syndrome.

But…Why Should You Care?

Well, when you consider that a little over a third of American adults are believed to have metabolic syndrome and probably a fourth of our children, that’s a good reason for us all to care.

Here’s the trajectory if we don’t wake up and get ahold of this. Metabolic syndrome becomes diabetes which is one of the primary risk factors for heart disease, stroke, neuropathy, and some cancers. In one word, that all sums up to unhealthy and downright dangerous.

If you don’t want to live the rest of your life in an unhealthy state with likely deterioration of health and function, then now is the time to get ahold of it.

Since 60% of neuropathy is diabetes related…now you see why we’re talking about metabolic syndrome. We would like to help you before permanent damage is done

We can help do this in a variety of ways:

  • Preventing or helping you reverse metabolic syndrome
  • Provide weight loss programs & nutrition recommendations
  • Provide optimal preventive therapies immediately
  • Offer the best in neuropathy treatments

You can also join us here to learn more.

Visit our office or just go to our Home Care & Store if you’re already familiar with the tools you may need to order. We always offer exceptional quality at optimal prices!

The post What is Metabolic Syndrome and Why Should You Care? appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.

Beat Neuropathy Before It’s Too Late

How would you like to say, “I beat neuropathy?”

If you suffer with neuropathy and have for any length of time, you understand pain and suffering on some level. Depending on the type of neuropathy (there are many), the progression, effect, and damage are variable. Likewise, what is not variable is, nerve pain hurts. Another common feature of all neuropathy is, if nothing is done to treat the root cause and sustain improvement, the neuropathy gets worse.

This post brings focus to helping you win against neuropathy. Furthermore, stopping neuropathy before it’s too late is one of the primary focuses of NeuropathyDR. We help you understand how to beat neuropathy as part of our goal. You are an active partner in healing yourself so your healing can be sustained.

Getting the Neuropathy Care You Need

Every day we work diligently to improve treatments. Our Doctors lead the charge for better, more thorough care. Realizing this is a multi-faceted disease process, the NeuropathyDR team creates ongoing, comprehensive, holistic treatment approaches. Their’s is not one size fits all. You use an individual treatment plan as individual as you.

All NeuropathyDR treatment centers and clinicians receive training on our researched protocols that help thousands of patients to say, “I Beat Neuropathy.” Consequently, this success drives our practitioners. As a result, they engage in patient treatment at a whole new level. Above all, we help to make people better the best way we know how.

As a result, we titled the “neuropathy owners manual”  I Beat Neuropathy: Getting Your Life Back on Track. Seems like, all patients would want to say this.

Understanding How to Beat Neuropathy

Well now, you can! This book helps you understand the holistic approach. I Beat Neuropathy, explains varied approaches to different types of neuropathy. It’s a comfort to know at NeuropathyDR we treat each patient as an individual not a cookie cutter project.

So, grab yourself a copy of I Beat Neuropathy, Next, make an appointment at one of our clinics. Give us a call on the Neuropathy help line  339-793-8591 24/7 and we’ll help you get started. Now you are on your way to beating neuropathy once and for all.

We also welcome you to reach out to us here on Facebook or just join for the information!

The post Beat Neuropathy Before It’s Too Late appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.

Doctors Don’t Know Everything…

But we’re trying! Neuropathy is tough, but together we can be tougher. Check out here how we go beyond conventional neuropathy treatment at neuropathydr.com.

The post Doctors Don’t Know Everything… appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.

Stop My Foot Pain

How many times have you said, “I wish I could stop my foot pain.” If you’re anything like thousands of patients around the world, you’ve said it a lot. Foot pain can be due to a multitude of reasons. Arthritis and neuropathy are two of the most common. Depending on the cause of your foot pain, you may require a combination of therapies.

Because issues such as arthritis and neuropathy are so complex, they often require a multi-modality approach. Consequently, by combining different forms of therapy you get the best outcomes. For instance, by combining neurostimulation, nutritional therapy, medications, supplements, and exercise we have helped thousands achieve excellent pain relief. Other practices such as meditation and yoga can also be included. Patients have found that our products along with customized plans achieve the best results they’ve ever known. It’s a matter of using therapies available for the benefits that each offers and getting the biggest bang for your efforts.

At NeuropathyDR® our team works tirelessly for you. We are continuously imroving the best approach to neuropathy treatment. By combining our NDGen®, conductive socks and gloves (you can read about those here), our patients have achieved ultimate pain relief. The combination of the NDGen neurostimulator and conductive socks provides optimized stimulation programmed for your specific needs. The tips of your toes will thank you. Our socks are clinical grade and far better than cheaper similar products. They are also comfortable. But most importantly, they will provide you customized and optimized pain relief. If you are ready to stop your foot pain, this is the best solution anywhere.

How Do Conductive Socks Stop My Foot Pain?

Great question! Our compression socks are designed to work hand in hand with our breakthrough NDGen unit. Just snap the two together and your ready to begin. Once you start, the next step is “ah”. Of course, you can program your unit. Create optimized pain relief just for you. Also, you will keep your feet warm during your treatment. The combination of good fit, comfort, warmth and precise stimulation breaks through the pain barrier and brings foot pain relief to a new level.

Don’t continue to suffer with the foot pain of neuropathy and arthritis. Get started with the NDGen and our clinical grade conductive socks today. Less pain will visit tomorrow. All you have to do is wait for delivery!

The post Stop My Foot Pain appeared first on Blending Holistic & Conventional Care for Neuropathy, Chronic Pain & Illness.