Any chronic pain condition, such as neuropathy, can have a negative impact on quality of life. Typically, patients in chronic pain become less active, a natural, protective reaction. As you activate damaged peripheral sensory and/or motor nerves, the brain sends signals of distress. But as a patient becomes less active, other health concerns begin to appear, and overall quality of life continues to decline.
It’s well accepted that physical activity is important for overall health, but did you know it can also help relieve neuropathic symptoms in some patients? It seems counterintuitive; when you experience pain, weakness, numbness or hypersensitivity, the last thing you want to do is something that seems like it could aggravate the symptoms. But loss of muscle tone, motion limitations, joint stiffness, abnormal or compensatory gait and other damage resulting from declining activity can lead to the progression of your symptoms.
At US Neuropathy Centers, we are committed to working with each patient to assess their individual needs and create a customized treatment plan. With locations across the US, we offer the largest network of specialists to help you with your neuropathy.
While not all patients will benefit from physical therapy, there is no harm in exploring its potential effectiveness. A competent and experienced physical therapist with knowledge of neuropathy will be able to formulate a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan that should not cause a worsening of your condition.
Most physical therapy programs are comprised of both active and passive treatment. Passive treatment generally comes first, with active treatments implemented as the patient progresses. Passive treatments may include deep tissue massage, hot and cold therapies, electrical stimulation and ultrasound. Active treatments generally consist of an assortment of exercises to help improve range of motion, flexibility and strength.
Your US Neuropathy Center physician can help you find a physical therapist that will work with you to see if physical therapy is right for you. If you are suffering from neuropathy, contact one of our many locations across the US.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2014