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How Kidney Disease Can Lead to Neuropathy

Persistent tingling, numbness, and weakness in your hands and feet is a hallmark sign of nerve damage, a condition better known as neuropathy.

At Medical Wellness Group, experienced chiropractor James Appell, DC, offers holistic treatment options to relieve the symptoms of neuropathy. Dr. Appell recommends early intervention for neuropathy symptoms, especially if you have existing kidney disease, to help slow the progression of the condition.

The link between kidney disease and neuropathy

When you have advanced or chronic kidney disease, it’s likely that you’ll need dialysis to filter toxins and excess fluids from your body. This treatment becomes increasingly likely as your kidneys are no longer able to function well enough to keep you healthy.

Unfortunately, dialysis can put you at a higher risk for nerve damage. While the exact link between dialysis and neuropathy isn’t well understood, it might relate to issues like:

Nerve compression

Increased pressure in the dialysis access point can force blood or other fluids into the tissues surrounding your nerves. This can put persistent pressure on your nerves that ultimately leads to damage.

Nerve degeneration

In people with chronic kidney failure, degeneration of nerves seems to be a common side effect. The more advanced your disease is, the more likely you are to develop permanent nerve damage.

Nutritional deficiencies

Some people with chronic kidney failure who need dialysis tend to develop nutritional deficiencies that affect nerve health. Your risk for neuropathy increases if you have deficiencies in vitamin B1 (thiamine) or if you have too much zinc – both of which can contribute to neuropathy.

It’s estimated that nearly half of dialysis patients develop some form of neuropathy in their lifetimes. However, even if you’re not being treated with dialysis for your kidney disease, you’re still at risk for permanent nerve damage.

Holistic options for treating neuropathy

If you have tingling in your hands or feet or any other signs of neuropathy, we can help treat your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

Dr. Appell uses several techniques to improve your blood circulation and reduce pressure on your nerves. Depending on the progression of your kidney disease and neuropathy, you might benefit from:

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic adjustments focus on correcting misalignments in your spine and your joints. By keeping your spine in proper alignment, Dr. Appel can relieve chronic inflammation in your body naturally to reduce unnecessary pressure on your nerves.

We also offer transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to relieve nerve-related tingling, burning, and weakness.

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine involves injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells into nerves that can help your body repair the damage naturally. Stem cells in particular have the unique ability to regenerate into any type of cell to prevent permanent nerve damage.

DRX9000™ True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System

The DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System corrects issues in your spine, such as herniated discs, that can compress spinal nerves. Dr. Appell uses the system to create space and negative suction in your spine without the need for incisions or other invasive procedures.

If you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, you can lower your risk for neuropathy by scheduling a chiropractic consultation at Medical Wellness Group. Contact us online or by phone today.

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