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 mellitus.
People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling. Our clinic sees patients with this diagnosis very often. Many times the cause is not clear. Whether the symptoms are pain or numbness/tingling, acupuncture often greatly reduces the symptoms and increases normal sensation. Each patient may improve more quickly or more gradually.