Your nerves are your body’s communication system, sending signals as electrical impulses throughout your body to and from your brain to create specific reactions. If a nerve is damaged, known as neuropathy, you may experience a disruption in these signals, which can lead to various symptoms such as pain, numbness, or loss of function. Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy, with four facilities located in Brooklyn, New York, provides therapy for neuropathy and other nerve disorders such as sciatica to improve function and reduce symptoms. Call the Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Ditmas Park, or Bensonhurst office today or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.
Neuropathy, also referred to as peripheral neuropathy, is a medical condition that affects the normal functioning of your peripheral nerves. It’s a common condition that affects as many as 30% of Americans.
Your body is made up of three types of nerves:
Your sensory nerves relay messages your body receives from the outside world to your brain for processing and provide information related to touch, sight, smell, taste, and noise.
Your motor nerves relay messages from your brain to your body and tell your muscles to move.
The autonomic nerves assist in the control of body systems you don’t think about, such as digestion, breathing, and blood pressure.
Neuropathy can affect any one of these types of nerves.
Symptoms of neuropathy vary depending on the type of nerve affected. Some of the most common symptoms include:
These symptoms may develop quickly or slowly over time.
The goal of physical and occupational therapy for the treatment of neuropathy is to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. The therapists at Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy create personalized treatment plans based on your symptoms and personal goals.
During physical therapy, your therapist works one-on-one with you to improve strength, balance, and coordination. If your nerve damage has lead to function loss, your occupational therapist teaches you how to compensate for that loss so you can maintain your independence.
Sciatica is a type of peripheral nerve disorder that causes pain and other symptoms to radiate along your sciatic nerve, which is a pencil-thick nerve that runs from your low back through your buttocks and down your leg on both sides of your body. You may develop sciatica if your nerve becomes pinched by a herniated disc or bone spur from your vertebrae.
The physical therapists at Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy provide treatment to help reduce your symptoms and improve function. Treatment may include:
In addition to relieving your immediate symptoms, your therapist also provides exercises to improve posture and strengthen your muscles to prevent a recurrence of sciatica.
To get treatment for neuropathy, call Back to Health Physical & Occupational Therapy or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.