What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is damage of one or more nerves that can result in numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and pain throughout your body. Simply put, Peripheral Neuropathy indicates a problem within the peripheral nervous system.

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30% of Americans will be affected by Peripheral Neuropathy. While all ages are impacted it is most common in Adults over 65 years of age. Peripheral Neuropathy is typically present in people with Diabetes, HIV and received cancer treatment. People with professions that require repetitive motions have a high risk of developing Peripheral Neuropathy as well.

While symptoms vary based on the location of the impacted nerves, the most common include but are not limited to:

  • Muscle twitching and muscle weakness
  • Loss of coordination and stumbling
  • Sharp, burning, throbbing, stabbing or electric-like pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Unintentional weight loss