Diabetic Neuropathy and Chiropractic Care

Diabetic neuropathy is a certain kind of nerve damage in the feet and legs that can occur in those with diabetes. About 60% of those who have diabetes also suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Those who suffer from this condition will experience numbing, burning and tingling in their limbs.

Some only have mild symptoms while others experience extreme pain. Not only does diabetic neuropathy cause pain and numbness, it can also cause issues in the digestive system, heart, and blood vessels.

Neuropathy Broomfield CO: Diabetic Neuropathy and Chiropractic Care

Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition, however, it is possible to prevent it and slow down its progress with a healthy lifestyle. Ongoing chiropractic care is especially valuable to someone with diabetic neuropathy.

There are four types of diabetic neuropathy. It is possible to have more than one. Because these symptoms often gradually develop, nerve damage may have already occurred before you notice anything is wrong.

4 Types of Diabetic Neuropathy:

Peripheral Neuropathy

Feet and legs are affected first and then the hands and arms which are often worse at night.


  • Numbness as the temperature changes.
  • Tingling sensat
  • Heightened sensitivity to touch
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Balance and coordination loss

To treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy, many choose to pursue chiropractic care. This aids as an effective treatment because it gets to the root cause of the symptoms as opposed to using medication to merely take away the pain.

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Diagnosing early can reduce how badly the nerves are damaged. It can also aid in managing diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It is very important to note that peripheral neuropathy may not always be caused by diabetes. It can also be caused by infections or autoimmune disorders. This is also why it’s important to diagnose peripheral neuropathy early in order to avoid complications in the future.

Autonomic Neuropathy

Your autonomic nervous system controls your heart, stomach, eyes, sex organs, bladder, and stomach. Any of these can be impacted by diabetes.


  • Hypoglycemia unawareness (not knowing that your blood sugar levels are low
  • Incontinence, UTI’s
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Excessive sweating or not sweating enough
  • Decreased sexual response
  • Increased heart rate

Radiculoplexus Neuropathy

This affects the nerves in the legs, buttocks, thighs, or hips. This is common in older adults and those with type-2 diabetes. Radiculoplexus neuropathy can be called diabetic amyotrophy, proximal neuropathy, or femoral neuropathy.


  • Intense pain in the buttock, thigh, or hop occurring for a day or more.
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling in the abdomen if it is affected
  • Difficulty standing up after sitting


This is more common in adults who are older. It is damage to a single nerve (thus the name mononeuropathy) in the torso, leg or face. While it does not cause any long-lasting issues, it usually occurs suddenly and can cause quite a bit of pain.

Pain may occur in the following:

  • Shin or foot
  • The front of your thigh
  • Your chest or abdomen
  • The lower back or pelvis

Usually, the symptoms of mononeuropathy are caused by an injury of some sort and go away on its own in a few weeks or months.

Neuropathy Broomfield CO: Chiropractic Care Can Help

It is important to call your chiropractor if you have the following:

  • A cut or sore that will not heal or is infected
  • Tingling, pain, or weakness in your feet or hands interfering with your sleep or activities.
  • Any dizziness
  • Any changes in digestion, sexual function, or urination

While these signs do not necessarily mean you have nerve damage, it could be a sign of a different condition requiring medical attention. Chiropractic care can help with the pain caused by nerve damage.

Neuropathy Broomfield CO: Comprehensive Neuropathy Treatments Tailored to You

Fox Integrated Healthcare’s customized neuropathy treatment plans include but are not limited to:

  • Laser Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Electrostimulation and massage therapy
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Inflammation injections
  • Nutritional consultation

Your specific treatment plan will be created from a combined effort of our skilled team and YOU after your exam and consultation. Our advanced diagnostic technology will help us determine the best path to your optimal health and wellness.

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