Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) is essentially nerve damage in the extremities. Legs and feet are affected more often than the arms or hands. Symptoms include numbness, pain, tingling or prickling, increased sensitivity, loss of balance and reflex and gait disorders.
The combination of symptoms and disease process can lead to secondary issues such as trauma, fractures, nursing home placement and even death. “DPN is the leading cause of foot ulcers, which in turn are a major cause of amputation in the United States.” – Mayo Clinic Proceedings
ProHealth Partners physical therapists perform a comprehensive assessment of patients suffering from diabetic peripheral neuropathy utilizing:
- Monofilament testing to accurately determine the degree of loss of sensation
- Evaluation of patient’s symptoms and environment
- Complete review of patient’s medical history
For more information about Healing Touch or any other therapy services ProHealth Partners offers, contact us today.