Chiropractor located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA


Neuropathy is a common kind of nerve damage, affecting more than 20 million Americans. There’s no cure, but chiropractic care relieves symptoms and makes managing them easier. At his Brentwood, California, practice, chiropractor Michael Sheps, DC, provides various neuropathy treatments, including radial shockwave therapy (RST), laser therapy, and cryotherapy. Call the Los Angeles area office today to schedule neuropathy treatment, or book your appointment online.

Are neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy the same?

Neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy refer to the same thing — damage to any nerves outside your brain and spinal cord. These nerves run throughout your body, including the hands and feet. They allow you to feel temperature and pain, and they send messages to your brain.

Anyone can experience neuropathy. But it’s most common in folks with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, alcohol use disorder, and Lyme disease.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Neuropathy symptoms include:

  • Tingling and numbness
  • Pain
  • Imbalance and clumsiness
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Sexual dysfunction

As neuropathy gets worse, you might experience muscle spasms, weakness, and/or atrophy, resulting in mobility problems.

How does a chiropractor diagnose neuropathy?

Dr. Sheps diagnoses neuropathy during a chiropractic exam. He reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they first started and what they feel like. He also quizzes you about your general health to see if you have diabetes or another health problem that increases your risk of neuropathy.

Dr. Sheps completes physical and neurological exams. He looks for signs that indicate neuropathy, like changes in your ability to feel sensations and trouble with walking and balance.

Last, Dr. Sheps orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays and an ultrasound. This lets him rule out other problems that present similar symptoms, like soft-tissue injuries, tumors, and pinched nerves.

How does a chiropractor treat neuropathy?

Dr. Sheps takes a conservative, minimally invasive approach to treating neuropathy. He could suggest:

  • Chiropractic care (manual manipulation to realign your spine and joints)
  • Laser therapy
  • Cryotherapy (cold therapy)
  • Radial shockwave therapy (RST)
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises (physical therapy)
  • Nutritional supplements to support nerve health
  • Custom-fitted orthotics (prescription shoe inserts)
  • Activity changes
  • Wearing a brace
  • Using an assistive device (like a cane, walker, or crutches)

Most people with neuropathy benefit from several treatments. Dr. Sheps monitors your symptoms at regular checkups, adjusting your care as needed. Although neuropathy can’t be cured, treatment prevents it from getting worse. 

Can neuropathy be prevented?

The easiest way to prevent neuropathy is to live a healthy life. Dr. Sheps recommends exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and managing your blood sugar if you have diabetes. Avoid exposure to toxins and chemicals when possible, and if you drink alcohol, do so moderately.

Call the office of Michael Sheps, DC, today to schedule neuropathy care, or book your appointment online.