Patients suffering from diabetes and peripheral neuropathy often experience loss of sensation in their arms and legs. A decrease in feeling can lead to increased concerns about fall risk, which, in turn, can contribute to inactivity and instability. This vicious cycle, whereby patients limit their physical activity to avoid falling, can translate into loss of muscle mass and decreases in strength and coordination, too. The consequences of moving less often involve more falls and falls of greater severity.
When it comes to balance and neuropathy, concern about falling often directly correlates with the number of steps taken per day and the duration of walking sessions. For example, those least concerned about stumbling enjoy 50 percent more walking sessions and step counts than their counterparts who rate their balance as shakier, per Sensors.
Here’s what you need to know about neuropathy and balance to help your patients stay more active and independent.
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.
Independent pharmacies and convenient care clinics occupy special places in the medical industry. Patients turn to them for assistance managing their health conditions and care needs. Since consumers bear more financial responsibility for healthcare these days, engaging with their pharmacists and clinicians has become even more crucial. But some patients prove more likely to fall through the cracks, especially when it comes to conditions like diabetic neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy impacts more than 50 percent of those managing diabetes, per the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This serious condition, fueled by high blood sugar, can lead to irreversible nerve damage, loss of independence, loss of a driver’s license, and an amputation in many cases. While symptoms usually manifest in the feet, legs, and hands they may also affect the kidneys, bladder, and other body parts.
Fortunately, your facility can fill vital gaps, ensuring patients with neuropathy and their caregivers benefit from the latest technologies. Here are five medical business strategies to help your pharmacy or convenient care clinic take charge and dominate this space.
Tens of millions of people in America deal with the challenges of peripheral neuropathy. Yet, many may not recognize the condition’s symptoms, resulting in significant damage that’s avoidable. That’s why your pharmacy or convenient care clinic should provide education about this condition. Ignoring the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy leads to a worsening of the condition. Instead, it’s time to start directing your customers to a customized neuropathy program.
Which peripheral neuropathy symptoms might your customers be ignoring? Here are the ten most common red flags that people often overlook to their detriment.
Nutritional support proves critical to successfully halting the ill effects of neuropathy. How? By boosting nitric oxide levels, which leads to better circulation and improved functionality. Of course, customers struggling with neuropathy should also eat to support their general health and well-being. And this means steering them towards nitrate-rich foods and beneficial supplements.
But your customers should also understand that some foods actually exacerbate peripheral neuropathy. Here’s what these individuals need to know.
Do you have patients who have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy? If so, it’s vital they understand the condition falls under the larger umbrella of chronic pain. There are many causes of neuropathic pain, and they include everything from progressive nerve disease to infection or injury. One of the most frustrating aspects of this condition is that the discomfort can flare up at any time, seemingly untriggered.
There’s a reason for this. Neuropathic pain occurs when the body sends unwarranted (and generally untriggered) pain signals to the brain. And the condition will continue to progress if left unchecked.
Keep reading for a breakdown of chronic pain disorder and peripheral neuropathy so that you can empower your patients.
Peripheral neuropathy includes more than 100 different manifestations of nerve damage that can prove potentially incapacitating, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The development of this condition is a multifactorial process that’s highly complicated. It often begins with a gradual, almost unnoticeable, onset. But the long-term effects can prove devastating for patients.
Fortunately, an exciting new avenue of research continues to shed light on the role of fitness in the prevention and management of the condition. An active lifestyle also appears to play a crucial role in some of peripheral neuropathy’s most distressing symptoms. Here’s what your patients need to know about exercise and neuropathy.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that an estimated 20 million people in the United States suffer from peripheral neuropathy. But experts believe figures could be much higher, with a potential 30 million diabetics living with the condition (often undetected). Peripheral neuropathy often goes unreported and may be misdiagnosed. A complex array of symptoms can make it difficult for physicians to identify, yet the number of individuals suffering from the condition continues to grow.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Convenient care clinics and independent pharmacies fill a vital need for patients when it comes to practical treatment options for ailments and conditions. These facilities can also fill a significant void when it comes to testing for and offering therapeutic solutions to peripheral neuropathy.
Here’s what you need to understand about peripheral neuropathy and how to provide better treatment options to patients.
Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition that impacts more than 50 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The disease can lead to irreversible nerve damage due to high blood sugar levels. The nerves typically damaged by diabetic peripheral neuropathy are located in the legs and feet, but they may also be in the bladder, kidneys, and other parts of the body.
Patients diagnosed with diabetes who are experiencing numbness or pain in their legs and feet walk into your facility daily. So do their caregivers. It’s time to have a discussion with them about diabetic neuropathy and how to manage it. Other symptoms of this condition may include problems with the heart, blood vessels, or urinary tract. And while the red flags of diabetic neuropathy can prove deceptively mild for some individuals (at least, initially), others may experience severe and disabling issues. Left untreated, a painful and debilitating decline will continue.
Here’s what your patients need to know about this condition and the therapeutic management options your facility can offer them.