About 30 million Americans suffer from some type of peripheral neuropathy. 70% of all diabetics develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy. 54,000 diabetics have amputations each year. More shocking is the fact that 75% of amputations are preventable.
Other causes include trauma and vascular and blood problems that decrease oxygen supply to the peripheral nerves. Autoimmune diseases, often caused by infections, or infections themselves can cause neurological damage. Certain cancers and benign tumors can be a cause as well. Even chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer can be a cause.
Treatment of neuropathy in the medical setting is mostly geared toward symptomatic relief rather than getting to the root of the problem. Circulation and nerves will heal if given the opportunity. Proper nutrition with vitamin and mineral supplementation is essential to healing neuropathy. Additionally, chiropractic, bodywork, acupuncture, and rehabilitative therapy are immensely helpful in restoring function and providing healing to the nervous system.