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At Innovative Nerve and Joint Centers we periodically invited specialists as guest writers.  Dr. Chris Gubbels is Board Certified in Neuropathy and a specialist in scoliosis. 

Peripheral neuropathy, a debilitating condition affecting millions, often results from various underlying causes. Notably, some specific neuropathies are caused by spinal deformities such as scoliosis. In fact over 50% of neuropathy cases have a spinal stenosis (narrowing) as a contributing cause, making it an advantage to see a provider with advanced training in both neuropathy and spinal correction.  Providers such as those at Innovative Nerve and Joint Centers understand the profound impact neuropathy can have on your quality of life. Their cutting-edge treatments are designed to address the root causes of neuropathy, including scoliosis-related spinal stenosis, offering hope and relief to those suffering from this challenging condition.

Understanding Neuropathy and Its Connection to Scoliosis-Related Spinal Stenosis

Neuropathy is characterized by nerve damage that leads to symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. While there are numerous causes of neuropathy, spinal stenosis is a significant and often overlooked contributor. Spinal stenosis occurs when the spaces within your spine narrow, putting pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. This pressure can cause nerve damage and lead to the painful symptoms associated with neuropathy.

According to one scientific paper, there is a clear connection between spinal stenosis and the development of neuropathy. The study specifically mentioned that demyelinating neuropathy can be caused by scoliosis, kyphoscoliosis and foot deformities like collapsed arches.

Degenerative Scoliosis: A Hidden Culprit

Degenerative scoliosis, a condition characterized by the twisting of the spine, frequently contributes to spinal stenosis. As individuals age the disc and joints can break down causing a curve to continue to worsen.  As the spine curves and rotates, it frequently can lead to patients leaning forward. This abnormal spinal alignment not only causes mechanical strain but also narrows the spinal canal, increasing the risk of spinal stenosis and subsequent neuropathy.


Stenosis caused by scoliosis

Innovative Nerve and Joint Centers recognizes the complexity of treating neuropathy caused by spinal stenosis, particularly when it is associated with degenerative scoliosis. Dr. Paul Fisher is both Board Certified in neuropathy and holds advanced training in scoliosis so understands the need to address both the spinal deformity and the neuropathy.

Utilizing Chiropractic BioPhysics advanced rehab methods many spinal imbalances can be addressed and improved, frequently decreasing pressure on the nerves in the lower spine. In addition spinal decompression therapy can be used to elongate the spine taking pressure off joints, disc and nerves relieving painful nerve irritation.

When needed, Dr Fisher works with outside specialists to provide custom bracing to help support spinal deformities like degenerative scoliosis. 

Comprehensive Approach to Neuropathy Treatment

Properly treating neuropathy requires a comprehensive approach of non-surgical treatments designed to not only alleviate neuropathy symptoms, but to address the underlying cause.  

  1. Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal decompression therapy can be a key part of treating neuropathy. In cases like degenerative scoliosis, severe degenerative disc disease or disc herniations and bulges decompression therapy gently stretches the spine, creating negative pressure that helps to relieve nerve compression and promote healing. By alleviating the pressure on the affected nerves, spinal decompression can significantly reduce neuropathy symptoms and enhance healing in the hands and feet..

  1. Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP)

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a highly advanced, research-based chiropractic technique that focuses on correcting spinal misalignments. CBP-certified specialists use precise adjustments and spinal traction methods to restore proper spinal alignment, reducing the curvature and rotation associated with spinal imbalances associated with degenerative scoliosis and kyphosis. By addressing the underlying spinal issues, CBP can help to mitigate the effects of spinal stenosis and improve nerve function.

  1. Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy has been found to be a very effective treatment for neuropathy. This innovative treatment harnesses the body’s natural healing abilities, promoting regeneration of damaged nerves, increasing circulation and reducing inflammation. Softwave tissue regenerative therapy is one the most powerful and effective shockwave therapy treatments available and has become a cornerstone to neuropathy treatment protocols. 

  1. Red Light Therapy

Low level light therapy has been recommended and used to treat neuropathy for many years.  One of its greatest benefits is its ability to create vasodilation and stimulate angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels) in damaged tissue.  However, because of the low power output by many red light and infrared lights, low level light therapy can require up to 2 hours of daily treatment, lowering complaints.  More powerful lights can require as little as 30-60 seconds of treatment per body area greatly reducing treatment time and increasing compliance.

Nutrition Therapy

Diabetic neuropathy is the most contributing cause of peripheral neuropathy, so addressing nutrition toxicities and deficiencies is a key part of any successful neuropathy program.  Successful nutrition protocols will aim to reduce chronic inflammation, increase vasodilation through supplements that increase nitric oxide production and provide nutritional support that promotes healing and tissue repair.

If you or a loved one is experiencing neuropathy, don’t wait to seek help. Schedule a free nerve screening today to discover how our advanced treatments can alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Visit Innovative Nerve and Joint Centers to learn more and take the first step towards a pain-free future.

About the Author

Dr. Chris Gubbels is a leading authority in non-surgical scoliosis care and Board Certified in Neuropathy.  His clinic ScoliCare Denver attracts patients nationally for scoliosis treatment in Denver.

This blog post has been carefully crafted to provide valuable information about neuropathy treatment at Innovative Nerve and Joint Centers, emphasizing the connection between spinal stenosis, degenerative scoliosis, and neuropathy. Our goal is to offer hope and effective solutions to those suffering from this challenging condition.