Neuropathy is a disease of the nerves. There are many types of the disease with different causes. Medical treatment must be directed toward the underlying cause of the disease, so it is important to see your doctor.
Risk Factors for Neuropathy
The symptoms of neuropathy vary, and can include muscle weakness, loss of sensation, numbness, tingling, and pain. One of the senses that may be lost is “position sense” or “proprioception”. Because of the nerve damage, the person cannot tell what position the affected hand, arm, foot, or leg is in. When this is present in the arm or hand, it may be difficult to find the arm hole of a shirt or to button a button. When it is present in the foot, ankle, and leg, balance and walking may be impaired. A person with neuropathy can damage the ankle joint without realizing it, sprain the ankle, or fall because of poor position sense.
Exercise and Neuropathy
Exercise has not been shown to significantly affect the disease of the nerve itself, but it can help to strengthen weak muscles, preserve range of motion of affected parts of the body, and improve balance. Read the blog posts below for helpful exercises related to neuropathy management.