Chronic Nerve Pain and Neuropathy Treatment in Columbia, MO
Content Reviewed by Dr. Kelli Winarski, DC
Peripheral neuropathy is a progressive condition where nerves within the peripheral nervous system become damaged or diseased. This causes weakness, tingling, burning pain, numbness, and debilitating balance problems.
There are over 100 causes of peripheral neuropathy including poor blood flow to the nerves, high levels of sugar in the blood (diabetes), medications, cancer drugs, chronic infections, pesticide exposure, spinal nerve compression, and genetic variants. While the cause differs for every patient, the effect is very much the same: the nerves are breaking down faster than the body can heal them. We must identify the root causes in order to turn healing around.
Generally speaking, peripheral neuropathy symptoms include:
Itching discomfort that you can’t relieve by scratching
Unusual and/or loss of sensations
Deep stabbing pain
Auto-immunity is another common cause of nerve damage.
Auto-immune diseases are conditions where the immune system starts to attack the body. For peripheral neuropathy sufferers, often the immune system is actually killing the peripheral nerves. This is why thorough testing and radical lifestyle change including nutrition is critically important for effective neuropathy treatment.
It is well established in the scientific literature that peripheral nerves can and do heal . For effective neuropathy treatment, not only do the damaged nerves need to be healed, we must also identify the cause and prevent nerve damage from occurring in the first place. By correctly identifying the cause of the neuropathy and offering proper support for the nerves, we allow the nerves to begin to heal.
The underlying cause of the nerve damage
The severity of the nerve damage
The types of nerve fibers that are damaged (sensory nerves, motor nerves, or both). You have nerves that feel (sensory nerves) and nerves that control muscles to help you move (motor). If there is muscle weakness for more than two years, the damage may be permanent.
How much treatment the nerves will require to heal
The four main goals of our neuropathy treatment at our Columbia, MO clinic include:
Clean up and optimize the internal body environment to allow nerves to heal
Increase nerve blood flow
Stimulate damaged nerves to reduce pain and improve balance
Decrease brain-based pain
Our neuropathy treatment at our clinic in Columbia utilizes up to eight different state-of-the-art technologies to increase blood flow to the nerves in the feet and/or hands. This allows the nerves to naturally regenerate and has returned many of our patients’ feet and/or hands to normal function without surgery or addictive medications.
At Family First Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we offer a non-invasive and non-surgical neuropathy treatment protocol that combines world-class medical treatments with nutritional guidance to help resolve your neuropathy suffering and help your body finally heal.
This extensive neurological assessment will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about starting neuropathy treatment so you can be assured if you will have success with your neuropathy pain program.
At our chiropractic and wellness clinic in Columbia, MO, one of the neuropathy treatment technologies we use is Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT). The light therapy increases blood flow and signals the creation of new blood vessels around the peripheral nerves, providing them with the proper nutrients for damaged nerve healing and repair. This technology has 21 peer-reviewed studies with a 97% success rate with peripheral neuropathy.
Often used by the Cancer Centers of America to help rebuild the nerves of patients going through Chemotherapy, we use state of the art electrostimulation to assist in Nerve Re-Education, or the growth of nerves. Since Nerve Re-Education can even be done at home, this neuropathy treatment can be performed daily for almost immediate pain relief and restoration of normal sensation.
Proper nutritional support is absolutely essential for optimal tissue and nerve repair. At Family First Chiropractic & Wellness Center, our Advanced Nutritional Therapies are designed to remove foods, inflammation, and toxins that are damaging to nerves in order to accelerate the healing process by fueling bioavailable nitric oxide.
Along with your home electromagnetic infrared and electrostimulation therapy, you will visit our office in Columbia, MO once a week for our in-clinic neuropathy treatment protocol.
In order to heal, nerve cells need both fuel (high-powered low level light therapy and nutrition) and activation (nerve re-education), making each of our neuropathy treatment protocol components equally important for nerve regeneration and patient results.
The amount of neuropathy treatment needed to allow the nerves to recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological evaluation.
At Family First Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we are currently offering our Neuropathy reversal seminar for free. Come and learn more about our systems to discover whether or not you are a candidate for neuropathy treatment.
At our neuropathy seminar, we will discuss symptoms, common medical history, treatment options, and whether a one-on-one visit with the doctor is needed.
If you are interested in attending one of our neuropathy seminars, or you would like to speak with a doctor about neuropathy treatment options, please contact us today!
The treatment is safe, and 90% of the treatments can be administered at home.
There are no known risks of our neuropathy reversal program. There are many risks with allowing your neuropathy to get worse or treating it conventionally, including but not limited to amputation.
Our doctors are chiropractors with extended education in Neuropathy. Chiropractors are experts in seeking out the root cause of a problem and we have over 95% success rate with reversing neuropathy.
We do participate with most insurance plans; however, not all plans will cover your neuropathy treatment. If you are a candidate for care, we will do a complimentary benefits check to see if your insurance will contribute.
These following studies have been published in medical journals that have a rigorous peer-review process. They are listed chronologically. If you are having trouble locating the study online or would like a copy of any of the studies below, please reach out to our team for assistance.
1. Horwitz L, Burke TJ, Carnegie DE. Augmentation of Wound Healing Using Monochromatic Infrared Energy. Advances in Wound Care. 1999;12:35-40.
2. Noble JG, Lowe AS, Baxter GD. Monochromatic Infrared Irradiation (890): Effect of a Multisource Array upon Conduction in the Human Median Nerve. Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery. 2001;19:291-295.
3. Kochman AB, Carnegie DE, Burke TJ. Symptomatic Reversal of Peripheral Neuropathy in Patients with Diabetes. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 2002;92:125- 130.
4. Prendergast JJ, Miranda G, Sanchez M. Improvement of Sensory Impairment in Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy. Endocrine Practice. 2004;10:24-30.
5. Leonard DR, Farooqi MH, Myers S. Restoration of Sensation, Reduced Pain, and Improved Balance in Subjects with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy; A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Study. Diabetes Care. 2004;27:168-172.
6. Kochman AB. Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy and Physical Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy: Influence on Sensation, Balance and Falls. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2004;27:16-19.
7. Powell MW, Carnegie DE, Burke TJ. Reversal of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and New Wound Incidence: The Role of MIRE. Advances in Skin & Wound Care. 2004;17(6):295-300.
8. DeLellis S, Carnegie DE, Burke TJ. Improved Sensitivity in Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy: Effects of Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 2005; 95(2):143-147.
9. Harkless L, DeLellis S, Burke TJ. Improved Foot Sensitivity and Pain Reduction in Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy after Treatment with Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy-MIRETM. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications. 2006;20(2):81-87.
10. Volkert W, Hassan A, Hassan M, et al. Effectiveness of Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy and Physical Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy: Changes in Sensation, Pain and Balance – A Multi-Center Chart Review. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. 2006;24(2):7-18.
11. Powell MW, Carnegie DH, Burke TJ. Reversal of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy with Photo Therapy (MIRETM) Decreases Falls and the Fear of Falling, and Improves Activities of Daily Living in Seniors. Age and Ageing. 2006;35(1):11-16.
12. Burke TJ. Infrared Photo Energy May Reduce Neuropathic Pain. Practical Pain Management. 2007;7(6):57-63.
13. Nather A, Sim YE, Chew LL, Neo SH. Anodyne Therapy for Recalcitrant Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Report of Four Cases. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery. 2007;15(3):361-4.
14. Mitchell, U. Use of Near Infrared Light to Reduce Symptoms Associated with Restless Leg Syndrome in a Woman: a Case Report. J Med Case Reports. 2010; 4:286.
15. Mitchell, U, Myrer JW, Johnson AW, Hilton SC. Restless Legs Syndrome and Near Infrared Light: An Alternative Treatment Option. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2010, Oct 26.
16. Mak, M, Cheing, G. Immediate Effects of Monochromatic Infrared Energy on Microcirculation in Healthy Subjects. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. 2012;30(2):1-8.
17. Hsieh, R, Liao, W, Lee, W. Local and Systemic Cardiovascular Effects from Monochromatic Infrared Therapy in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: A DoubleBlind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2012; Article ID 583016.
18. Ammar, T. Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. International Scholarly Research Network (ISRN) Rehabilitation. 2012; Article ID 484307.
19. Ahmed, E, Maayah,M,Mohammad Abu Asi, Y. Anodyne Therapy Versus Exercise Therapy in Improving the Healing Rates of Venous Leg Ulcer. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences. 2013;Aug;1(3):198-203.
20. Ru-Lan Hsieh;Wen-Chung Lee. Short-term Therapeutic Effects of 890-Nanometer Light Therapy for Chronic LowBack Pain: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study. Lasers in Medical Science.2013, July 3.