Tucson Neuropathy Institute
The most common form of peripheral neuropathy is diabetic peripheral neuropathy which afflicts millions of Americans. More than 60% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations are due to diabetic neuropathy. One in six diabetics will have ulcers of the lower extremity. One in six diabetics who have ulcerations will have amputations. Over 200,000 lower extremity amputations were performed in the United States and Europe last year. This is simply too much!
There is now hope for patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy. A new truly miraculous surgical technique is allowing diabetic patients to retain their limbs, live pain-free and have a better quality of life. For patients who had little chance for symptomatic improvement, we may now have the real opportunity to prevent ulcers and amputations.
Other causes of peripheral neuropathy are related to alcoholism, various chemotherapeutic agents, certain drugs, as well as, a large group known as idiopathic neuropathy (unknown cause). There are several scientific studies available that suggest an underlying theme with many of these varying types of peripheral neuropathy. Many of these peripheral neuropathies may be aggravated by a compression or squeezing of the nerve in tight tunnels that the nerves must pass through.