November is National Diabetes Month. One of the most debilitating conditions caused by diabetes is peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy affects 15-20 million Americans. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include: pain, loss of sensation, loss of joint mobility, decreased strength, decreased balance, and vascular changes.
Doctors typically prescribe drugs to treat the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Many suffers are unaware that there are non-toxic and non-invasive treatments available to manage this problem. These treatments include cold laser, micro-current electrical stimulation, whole body vibration, and individualized exercise programs. Research has shown that the most effective results treating peripheral neuropathy is when the treatment is specifically tailored to the patient, therefore a physical therapist should perform an evaluation to determine which treatments are best suited for each individual. Improvement is usually noticed by the 8th treatment. The average person reaches maximum improvement within 6-8 weeks, depending on the severity of their condition.
If you are interested in learning more you can contact Ocean Therapy Center at 954-351-2299. See ad page 57.