If your patients suffer from neuropathy, one of the most important things for them to realize is that “no cure” is never the same as “no help!” It’s an unfortunate truth: so far, peripheral neuropathy (sometimes we’ve seen it referred to incorrectly as ‘neurophy’) has no actual cure, and most nerve damage is permanent. That’s an awfully grim prospect for most patients to hear, but the chronic nature of neuropathy only means that our developing options for treatment is even more important, not less.
When you apply the NeuropathyDR® methods for neuropathy treatment with a patient, you will really be addressing two things: managing the patient’s symptoms, and improving their overall quality of life. The two are interconnected in almost every way: never forget that improving the quality of life for someone with a chronic condition like neuropathy is often the very best treatment we can provide!
In addition to the often-discussed pain, neuropathy has the potential to greatly impact a patient’s mobility. Between motor neuropathy (which affects the strength in the limbs directly), difficulty walking due to foot pain and joint stiffness, and difficulty with manual dexterity and fine motor skills, it’s no wonder that many neuropathy patients have trouble doing simple tasks they once found easy; things the people around them still have no trouble at all doing! The frustration that goes along with mobility loss can be almost as bad as the pain itself. A clinical study from Queens University published in Anesthesia & Analgesia even suggests that the impact of neuropathy on a patient’s mood aloneis enough to be considered a serious symptom!
NeuropathyDR® clinicians use a neuropathy treatment method which includes several known techniques and we are continuously testing newer technologies too! NeuropathyDR® Clinicians actually take new courses every single month, so they are never “stale”!
Every patient’s case is unique—no two cases of neuropathy are exactly alike—so it’s important that develop your treatment plan together with each patient. Be sure to pay attention to any information your patient may provide, and Don’t forget to ask for feedback! Be sure to ask what seems to be working, what eases the patient’s pain, what helps their overall mobility, and what might not be having any effect at all. All these things are important, and will inform the best way to approach a case.
Our patient, Beverly, came to us about six months after major surgery. Beverly had been undergoing radiation for breast cancer, and was experiencing severe pain in her hands and feet, as well as tightness and inflexibility in her spine and limb joints. Over the course of 5 weeks, we treated Beverly with electro- stimulation, among other therapies to address her pain and range of movement.
Beverly’s pain lessened only incrementally over the time we treated her, but she let us know that the real improvement she experienced was in her range of movement! Sure enough, our examination found that her range of movement had increased measurably (in some areas as much as fifty percent), and overall tightness in her back was reduced. Needless to say, being able to move more freely will greatly impact Beverly’s quality of life—many patients stress that their mobility is what they miss most of all while living with peripheral neuropathy.
One of the factors that allowed us to help Beverly as much as she did was that she was very forthcoming about her symptoms, her improvement, and—also importantly—when a treatment wasn’t helping. Neuropathy is complex, and different patients will benefit in various ways from different neuropathy treatments. In Beverly’s case, we were able to provide her with a home care kit which she was able to use to treat her flexibility and pain at home. Even though she still lives with neuropathy, Beverly now knows how to make sure her condition won’t keep her from getting on with life!
Helping patients control symptoms and improve their overall quality of life is what we’re all about at NeuropathyDR®. If you treat patients like Beverly, we’re here to help you give them the best care. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about how to help the people in your care live to their fullest!