Did you know that peripheral nerve disorder affects more than 30 million Americans? Or that it can impact a patient’s body in many ways? That’s because the peripheral nerves include everything from sensory to motor and autonomic nerves. These nerves connect the skin, internal organs, and muscles to the spinal cord. And the pain and discomfort associated with them may get exacerbated by factors such as injury, disease, vitamin deficiencies, and inflammation.
Here’s what your patients need to know about this American epidemic, who it impacts, and what to do about it.
Heraclitus said it best: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man” (via BrainyQuote). In other words, life is in a constant state of flux, and nowhere is this more evident than in the aging process. There are many things we must learn to accept as we get older. Fortunately, peripheral neuropathy doesn’t have to be one of them.
Instead of getting comfortable being uncomfortable, it’s time to help your patients get proactive. Here’s what they need to know about aging versus the red flags of neuropathy.
Patients come to your pharmacy or clinic for help managing the discomfort and pain of peripheral neuropathy. And they often bring a host of questions about the condition. Chief among these remains: Is neuropathy curable? These patients may experience numbness, weakness, or tingling sensations. These symptoms may leave patients feeling desperate for answers. Or, at the very least, in need of a plan to better manage their symptoms.
Currently, there is no cure. But symptomatic relief and pain management are both attainable. The extent that management and relief can occur depends on many factors. These factors influence management and treatment options. They include everything from the willingness of the patient to comply with therapeutic recommendations to the cause and location of the neuropathy.
Here’s what your patients need to know about peripheral nerve disorder and therapeutic interventions.
Which barriers keep you from starting conversations with patients about peripheral neuropathy? We’ve spoken with plenty of pharmacists, and many of them share the same sentiments when it comes to raising awareness about neuropathy and marketing for pharmacists.
There aren’t enough hours in the day. I don’t feel comfortable selling products. I’m not sure where to start. Sound familiar?
If you’ve put off telling your customers about peripheral neuropathy and our value-added, at-home, cash-based NeuropaCalm Care Program, this article’s for you. It’s also for pharmacists who want to increase sales and continue generating momentum through value-added services. With this in mind, let's talk about diabetic feet.
Peripheral neuropathy is a serious condition that affects more than 50 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes. Due to high blood sugar levels, the disease can lead to irreversible nerve damage. Which nerves are typically damaged? Those located in the legs and feet. However, patients may also face nerve damage in the bladder, kidneys, and other body parts.
These patients want to know: “Can a chiropractor help with peripheral neuropathy?” It’s time for you to give them the answers and care plan they need. Let’s explore chiropractic care for peripheral neuropathy.
There’s been incredible turbulence in the healthcare world in recent years, and this has proven especially true in the pharmaceutical sector. Much of this instability has been fueled by changing federal and state regulations and laws impacting the industry.
Although running an independent pharmacy has become more challenging in recent years, it also remains one of the largest industries globally. In 2019 alone, the pharmaceutical industry generated $1.25 trillion worldwide. Yet, 12 percent of pharmacies closed between 2009 and 2015.
How do you safeguard your independent pharmacy against increasing pressure and disruption, especially in the age of Amazon? Keep reading for ways to gain and keep a competitive edge as a community pharmacist.
As a medical professional, you see diabetic patients daily. Whether you’re a pharmacist filling their various inhibitor prescriptions or a chiropractor addressing other issues. No matter where your patients are on their diabetic journey, they need to know what peripheral neuropathy is and how to detect its symptoms. They also need the knowledge to manage it effectively. While stats vary, approximately 50 percent of diabetic patients will suffer from nerve damage at some point.
The longer an individual has diabetes, the greater their chances of developing this complication. Peripheral neuropathy contributes to various health problems and can significantly impact independence and quality of life. Undiagnosed and untreated, it represents a fast track to infections, amputations, and premature death.
But painful diabetic neuropathy doesn’t have to be inevitable! Here’s what your patients need to know about the symptoms, complications, and management of peripheral neuropathy.
Technology has reshaped our lives in massive ways over the past few decades. From personal computers to laptops, landlines to iPhones. These vast jumps have transformed how we do business, lead our lives, and even handle medical care needs. Telemedicine or telehealth delivers healthcare services digitally. This includes patient education, direct medical care, and health information services.
Communications occur in various ways, from text messages to mobile health apps, video conferencing to patient monitoring systems. Besides the platforms used and information delivered, telemedicine is also transforming how certain conditions get addressed.
Keep reading to find out how telehealth services are improving the treatment of neuropathy from diabetes.
Damage to the nervous system manifests as peripheral neuropathy. It can impact patients in many debilitating ways, from chronic pain to loss of independence, amputation to increased fall risk. Left untreated, the disease may leave individuals without a driver’s license, sleep deprived, or in a wheelchair. Many factors increase the likelihood of developing the condition. These include diabetes and alcohol abuse.
But do your patients understand the link between peripheral neuropathy and chronic stress? Keep reading for the full scoop on this important topic.
Public awareness about the relationship between diabetes and peripheral neuropathy continues to grow. But fewer people are familiar with the condition’s linkages to chronic alcohol consumption. Nevertheless, alcohol remains one of the most common causes of neuropathy. In fact, researchers believe upwards of 66 percent of individuals with chronic alcohol abuse also exhibit the symptoms of alcoholic polyneuropathy.
Fortunately, knowledge can help your patients make better decisions when it comes to managing this condition. Keep reading for what your patients need to know about alcohol and peripheral neuropathy so that they can make better decisions about managing their health.