Understanding the Many Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy and Their Effective Treatments

Do you have unexplained pain, tingling, or numbness in your extremities or your face? It could be peripheral neuropathy, a condition that affects at least 20 million Americans. When you have peripheral neuropathy, your symptoms could range from annoying to completely life-disrupting.

At JNT Natural Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Alan James specializes in the management of peripheral neuropathy. He can provide innovative treatments that leverage your body’s natural healing processes, as opposed to simply masking your numbness or pain.  

Peripheral neuropathy basics

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves outside of, but connected to, your brain and spinal cord. These nerves send signals from your arms, legs, face and organs back to the central nervous system. They can message the brain about pain, send information about motor movement, and control automatic functions like digestion and breathing. 

When any of these nerves are damaged, one or more of the following symptoms can occur:   

A test to assess nerve function can help your practitioner assess your level and type of neuropathy, and determine if you would benefit from treatment.

Types of peripheral neuropathy

There are more than 100 different types of peripheral neuropathy. Mononeuropathy affects a single nerve, like carpal tunnel syndrome in which the nerve that passes through the tunnel of the wrist is compressed. Polyneuropathy affects multiple nerves, and is common in patients with spinal problems that compress multiple nerves between the discs of the back. 

The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. Chronically high blood sugar damages the nerve endings, resulting in peripheral neuropathy. The problems typically start in the feet and work their way up the body.

Treatments for peripheral neuropathy

The team at JNT Natural Medicine offers solutions for peripheral neurop[athy based on the type you have, how advanced it is, and what areas of your body and systems are affected. Treatments can include:

Back on Trac

The Back on Trac system gently decompresses the spine to release pressure on any nerves that may be compressed between the discs in your back . 

Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) therapy

PEMF therapy sends electromagnetic energy through the affected area to help relieve pain. In one study, patients who have neuropathic pain in their feet had one foot treated, and experienced up to nearly a 40% reduction in pain.   


Trigenics works to retrain how your brain handles pain signals, giving you a more comfortable existence if you have hard to treat, persistent pain from peripheral neuropathy.

Are you ready for relief from symptoms of peripheral neuropathy? Contact the office by phone at 901-250-2991 or book an appointment online today to learn more about your treatment options. 

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