Peripheral neuropathy is a gradual deterioration of the nerves which commonly affects the feet. Patient commonly experience burning, tingling, the feeling like bugs are crawling on their feet, and sometimes numbness.
There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy, the most common being: diabetes, alcoholism, radiation and chemical treatment for cancer, etc.
The most common cause that Dr. McLeod usually sees is Diabetic Peripheral neuropathy which is caused by the gradual destruction of the nerves in the feet due to high glucose levels.
Dr. McLeod uses a combination of treatments for her patients. One of these treatments is MicroVas, which is a unit that stimulates microcirculation and blood flow to the nerve, thus helping it regrow.
The patient needs to be aware that improvement will be gradual and may takes several months, although some patients do feel a difference quickly. The treatments are for 45 minutes and should occur 3 times a week. The patient essentially just sits and relaxes while the unit is attached to the patient’s leg and gradually increased in intensity to their level of tolerance.
This therapy in combination with Metanx, a vitamin especially designed for diabetic neuropathy is very effective. The Microvas encourages blood flow to the nerve and the Metanx nourishes the nerve and encourages regrowth.
At times, Dr. McLeod may recommend a epidermal nerve density test to measure the amount of nerve fibers in the skin and to obtain a baseline prior to initiating treatment. Another skin biopsy can be obtained to monitor the efficacy of treatment and evaluate for new nerve growth and the density of the nerve regrowth.
Micro Vas is usually covered with private insurances; however, Medicare does not pay for this treatment as they consider it “experimental” Therefore, a monthly payment plan is offered for these patients as an alternative.