Peripheral Neuropathy Information You MUST Know
Nerve issues can be complicated. When looking to work with any doctor, make sure you choose one who is highly trained and specializes in working with nerve rehabilitation and brain based therapies.
Diabetic Neuropathy Support
Who we work with and Diabetic Neuropathy
We work with individuals who are looking for comprehensive care for peripheral neuropathy including Diabetic Neuropathy issues they're struggling with.
It’s important that our patients realize therapy and rehabilitation for any nerve issues takes time and won't happen overnight.
We do not work with patients who are looking for a quick, temporary fix for their issues.
Even with Diabetic Neuropathy we can see good results!
We want to see real improvements, which take time and commitment to happen. Very often we see incredible results in a short time period. But, we only work with patients who are serious about their care and are committed to the process.
The key to your recovery lies in understanding the risk factors which are underlying the cause of your nerve degeneration. Diabetic Neuropathy is an example
Peripheral Neuropathy is a crippling disorder that effects nearly 20 million Americans today.
Did you know that there are over 130 risk factors that cause neuropathy. Dr. Ratcliffe does a thorough exam to locate the source of this often misdiagnosed and misunderstood condition. Even Diabetic Neuropathy can be helped
I can't tell you how often that our clinic encounters patients with very early signs of neuropathy. There are a number of ways tests that doctors use to evaluate someone with nerve issues. A common test is an EMG/NCV tests which actually give specific data on how fasts the nerve are firing, if there is damage to the Axon part of the nerve, and if the nerve is trapped in the surrounding tissue. Although this test is done frequently for nerve issues, you can get a really good idea if you have any damage to the underlying nerve with a physical examination. These tests include weather or not you have intact vibration sense, are able to tell the position of your toe joints, and are able to feel light touch, temperature, and sharp. These are often abnormal in patients with Diabetic Neuropathy. Now it sounds like those are pretty easy right? You would be surprised at how often the early stages of nerve entrapment and neuropathy are detected when someone can't feel AS MUCH vibration in the toes as they can feel in their hands. Yes, we are looking for if someone cant feel the test, but it is critical that we determine subtle losses. So do this at home. Take a wisp of cotton and touch the outside of your fingers and get a baseline as to how much you feel that wisp on your skin. Lets call that 100 or a dollars worth of sensation. Next, do that on the bottom of your feet or toes. Did you feel about the same amount of the sensation, or was it less. If less, how much less, 10% or even 70% less.
Our staff will arrange a time for you to speak with Dr. Ratcliffe. Due to the unique and comprehensive nature of the way we work, not everyone who contacts our office is a good candidate for treatment.