Neuropathy Specialist

Well Care Integrative Medicine

Chiropractic & Medical Clinics located in West Palm Beach, FL

Sciatica is the most common type of spine-related neuropathy. The often severe, radiating leg pain of sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by your spine. Dr. Carline Clerge-Leger at Well Care Integrative Medicine offers effective treatment for neuropathy using chiropractic care, physical therapy, and regenerative treatment such as stem cell therapy. To schedule an appointment for back, arm, or leg pain, call the office in West Palm Beach, Florida, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy refers to any type of disease or problem that affects your nerves, so it covers many types of conditions. Neuropathies are classified according to the type of nerve that’s affected or the disease causing the problem.

Some of the most common neuropathies include:

Peripheral neuropathy

Affects nerves that leave your spine and serve the rest of your body, including your legs, feet, toes, arms, hands, and fingers.

Diabetic neuropathy

When blood sugar stays higher than normal, it damages small nerves, often affecting your feet and eyes.

Proximal neuropathy

Proximal neuropathy refers to nerve damage in your shoulders, hips, buttocks, and thighs.

How is your spine associated with neuropathy?

Your spine carries nerves between the brain and your body, which includes nerves carrying messages from the brain to organs, muscles, and other tissues, and nerves taking sensory information to your brain.

Nerves enter and exit your spine through small openings between each vertebra. Any condition that affects your spinal structure can compress a nerve.

A pinched nerve causes pain at the site where it’s compressed. It can also lead to pain, tingling, and numbness anywhere along the nerve, radiating from the spine down your arms and legs.

What causes spine-related neuropathy?

The most common spine-related neuropathies occur due to spinal compression. You can develop spinal compression from:

  • Narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis)
  • Compression fractures due to osteoporosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Misaligned vertebrae (spinal subluxation)
  • Spine injury or tumor
  • Infection or bone disease

How is neuropathy treated?

Before beginning treatment, Dr. Clerge-Leger reviews your medical history and performs a thorough exam. It’s important to determine if you have an underlying condition that needs treatment, such as diabetes.

When your neuropathy is due to a spine condition, an individualized treatment plan is developed that may include:

  • Spinal decompression: gently stretches your spine to relieve pressure
  • Spinal manipulation: realigns vertebrae and may trigger the release of anti-inflammatory biochemicals
  • Active release technique: massage or manipulation of soft tissues to reduce stress on nerves
  • Spine stabilization exercise: series of progressive exercises to strengthen muscles supporting the spine
  • Physical therapy: strengthens muscles to support proper posture and spine alignment
  • Therapeutic massage: relaxes muscles, improves blood flow, reduces cramping
  • Stem cell therapy: injection of stem cells regenerates the growth of new tissue, reduces inflammation, and relieves pain

To learn more about chiropractic care for neuropathy, call Well Care Integrative Medicine or use the online scheduler.