What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy describes a condition that is characterized by some or all of the following: loss of sensation, tingling, numbness and burning, sleep disturbance and all the other unpleasant sensations that patients who have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy (PN) experience.
Peripheral neuropathy is very widespread. It has been estimated that somewhere between 15 million and 20 million patients suffer from it in the United States alone.
It has also been estimated that the annual costs of peripheral neuropathy in the United States alone are phenomenal. One study discovered that the complications from diabetic peripheral neuropathy alone approach $11 billion! The total cost of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and its complications is really extraordinary, approaching $14 billion annually. Up to 27% of the direct medical costs of diabetes may be attributed to diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
If you like, you can personally do up to the minute research on the treatment of virtually any health condition, including neuropathy on line.
You’ll find the traditional, the fringe, the alternatives, and it really can be dizzying.
Like Many docs, your patients have likely done so already.
You can also go to the National Library of Medicine on-line http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ or do a literature search on any search engine and find many references.
However, we have found our patients do best to initially to connect with a licensed health care professional trained in the use of this NeuropathyDR system, and to sort through the clutter, and we help keep them up to date, so you don’t have to!