Peripheral neuropathy is typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests. Here are some common steps that healthcare providers may take to diagnose peripheral neuropathy:

  1. Medical history: The healthcare provider will ask about any symptoms that the person may be experiencing, as well as any underlying medical conditions, medications, or family history that may be relevant.
  2. Physical examination: The healthcare provider will perform a physical examination to evaluate symptoms and assess nerve function. They may check reflexes, muscle strength, and sensitivity to touch or temperature changes.
  3. Diagnostic tests: Various tests may be used to diagnose peripheral neuropathy, including:
    1. Nerve conduction studies: These tests measure the speed and strength of nerve signals and can help determine the location and extent of nerve damage.
    2. Electromyography (EMG): This test measures the electrical activity of muscles and can help identify nerve damage.
    3. Blood tests: Blood tests can help identify underlying medical conditions that may be causing peripheral neuropathy, such as diabetes or vitamin deficiencies.
    4. Imaging tests: Imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans, may be used to evaluate nerve compression or other structural abnormalities.
    5. In some cases, a nerve biopsy may be recommended to evaluate nerve tissue under a microscope

      This is where Althoff Wellness Clinic is different! Although some of those tests may be helpful, they don’t assess the severity of the nerve damage to the sensory nervous system. That is where we come in!

Our new patient experience includes a consultation to hear your pertinent health history and determine the effect of your symptoms on your quality of life. Our examination process includes a thermography scan, 16 point nerve evaluation, balance testing, orthopedic / neurological testing, and x-rays (if needed). 

It’s important to note that early diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy can help prevent further nerve damage and improve the chances of successful treatment. In traditional medicine, successful treatment is management of the symptoms…   In our office it’s REVERSAL of your NEUROPATHY! 

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