Peripheral Neuropathy is the failure of the nerves. Our nerves service a particular area of the body to communicate with the brain. Because of this lack of communication, lack of sensation as well as pain can be present. These factors lead to a greater chance of falling.
Some common causes of Peripheral Neuropathy include:
- Hyper or Hypothyroidism
- Vascular diseases including Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Medications including statins or antibiotics
- Infectious diseases
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Poisoning from toxins like lead or mercury
- Spinal stenosis or spinal compression
- Entrapment syndromes of some nerves and even some hereditary conditions
Having a good understanding of your current medical condition and realizing risk related to these conditions can help you prevent falls.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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