Neuropathy Round Lake Beach & Mundelein, IL


There are four types of neuropathy: Peripheral, Proximal, Autonomic and Focal.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body.

Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.

People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling. In many cases, symptoms improve, especially if caused by a treatable condition. Medications can reduce the pain of peripheral neuropathy. Additionally a novel way using

Monochromatic Infra Red Emission or MIRE has been shown to help improve the microcirculation in the distal nerves and helps significantly with the symptoms of pain burning and tingling. This uses a system call the Anodyne System which along with light exs and balance training helps tremendously.

Symptoms might include:

  • Gradual onset of numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands, which can spread upward into your legs and arms
  • Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, freezing or burning pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Lack of coordination and falling
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected

Until recently, there was no therapy for peripheral neuropathy other than exercise. We offer Anodyne, an infrared therapy that is especially effective with neuropathies, to help decrease pain and symptoms.

Proximal Neuropathy

Proximal (diabetic) neuropathy, is a motor neuropathy that affects movement. It is among the most unusual and disabling forms of peripheral neuropathy, causing major suffering among affected individuals. Elevated levels of blood sugar cause injury to nerve fibers throughout the body.

The condition is characterized by severe, typically asymmetric leg pain and weakness, predominantly proximal to the muscles around the thighs, hips, buttocks, legs and knees that begins abruptly. Muscle weakness, knee buckling and muscle wasting are common making getting up from a seated position hard.

Autonomic Neuropathy

Autonomic neuropathy, is a group of symptoms that occur when there is damage to the nerves that manage every day body functions. These functions include blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, bowel and bladder emptying, and digestion.

Autonomic neuropathy involves damage to the nerves that carry information from the brain and spinal cord. The information is then carried to the heart, blood vessels, bladder, intestines, sweat glands, and pupils.

Research has shown that physical therapy can help. Our skilled therapists work with you to strengthen your muscles and reduce pain. A welcome side effect is the exercise can help control blood sugar levels. Other benefits from exercises include aerobic, flexibility and balance.

Focal Neuropathy

Focal neuropathy, sometimes called mononeuropathy, affects a single nerve, most often in the wrist, thigh, or foot. It may also affect the nerves of the back and chest, as well as those that control the eye muscles. Focal neuropathy is far less common than peripheral or autonomic neuropathy. It occurs mostly in older people with diabetes. Focal neuropathies usually come on suddenly and sometimes improve on their own within 6 to 8 weeks.

Individuals with Focal Neuropathy have reported symptoms such as localized severe pain (in the leg or lower back), pain in the eye, double vision, one side of face being paralyzed (also known as Bell’s palsy), and many other symptoms.

Chest, stomach, or abdominal pain that is sometimes mistaken for another condition, such as heart attack or appendicitis could be a result of nerve damage in Focal Neuropathy
Other symptoms may include: sudden weakness or pain in the lower extremities, foot-drop which is a weakness in the ankle, inability to focus, and intense pain in the pelvic region.

As with the other neuropathies, physical therapy can play a major role in reduction of pain and strengthening muscles.

Causes of neuropathies include alcoholism, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, exposure to poisons, medications, infections, inherited disorders, trauma, tumors, vitamin B deficiencies, and bone marrow disorders.

So in a lot of cases physical therapy can help with pain reduction, restoring sensations and improving muscle strength to allow you to regain back your prior level of functioning.

Call today to find out how we can help you in your recovery from this condition.