One of the most common neurological disorders, peripheral neuropathy affects between 25 to 30 percent of Americans (via the Cleveland Clinic). Despite these stats, neuropathy often goes misdiagnosed and undertreated. What’s more, evaluation for the disease can prove expensive and extensive, and it often fails to address the underlying causes of the condition, per JAMA Internal Medicine.
There are many reasons for these diagnosis issues, including the variability and bewildering array of symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy. For this reason, medical professionals may hesitate to make a diagnosis. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and your customers don’t have to fall through the cracks.
Keep reading to find out more about diagnosis and peripheral neuropathy treatment.
Diagnosing Peripheral Neuropathy
When assessing patients for neuropathy treatment, medical professionals often consider the following information:
Medical professionals may use body fluid tests to detect contributing factors to peripheral neuropathy like diabetes, liver or kidney dysfunction, metabolic disorders, signs of abnormal immune system activity, and vitamin deficiencies. Genetic tests may prove helpful for some inherited forms of neuropathy.
But recognizing neuropathy starts with questions about the symptoms an individual experiences along with triggers and reliefs. Ideally, patients should describe various aspects of their daily lives, including social habits, work environment, exposure to toxins, risk of infectious diseases, family history of neurological disorders, and alcohol use.
Physical and neurological exams also prove helpful in the diagnosis process. Physicians use these exams to look for evidence of diseases that may trigger neuropathy, like diabetes. Neurological exams may help pinpoint the condition’s underlying cause and the extent of nerve damage. Independent pharmacies and convenient care clinics that work with NeuropaCalm gain access to our patient complaint questionnaire and multipoint sensation severity tests for streamlined diagnosis.
Why Early Detection Matters
Getting to the root cause of peripheral neuropathy through early intervention remains the best way to help patients stay independent, active, and healthy. For people with diabetes experiencing these symptoms, it can also mean avoiding limb amputation. And early detection and treatment of peripheral neuropathy can restore quality of life for patients and their caretakers alike.
That’s why it’s essential that independent pharmacies and convenient care clinics make identifying and treating peripheral neuropathy a priority. And it’s easier than you think to bone up on the condition so that you can provide effective intervention. As medical professionals, you represent a trusted resource, getting to know your patients over many visits. You can observe changes in their well-being and behaviors, and you have firsthand knowledge of their other conditions and the prescription medications they take.
In other words, you can fill the gap left by primary care while improving lives and bringing in a steady and largely untapped income stream to your company. We’ll provide your organization with the resources to help those with neuropathy. In addition, we’ll teach you how to give multipoint sensation severity tests in just ten minutes and provide you with short patient complaint questionnaires to ensure NeuropaCalm therapy is right for each customer.
Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment
NeuropaCalm care plans offer everything you need to help patients take back their lives. Cutting-edge technologies mean your patients gain access to therapies that encourage new blood vessel formation and improved circulation. In turn, these physiological changes contribute to healing.
Are you ready to offer NeuropaCalm care plans at your independent pharmacy or convenient care clinic? Click here to find out more about this state-of-the-art peripheral neuropathy therapy and how we can set up your facility as a leader in the fight for early detection and treatment.