Of all causes of peripheral neuropathy, perhaps the most unfortunate is chemotherapy. While researchers and doctors continue to explore the best possible treatments for cancer, some of the most effective treatments available today often come with harsh side effects. Such is the case with chemotherapy, a strategy that is successful at killing cancer cells, but also has a major impact on the nerves in the body. When communication between the spinal cord and muscles and skin via nerves begins to shut down, you are left with peripheral neuropathy.
The weakness, numbness, tingling and discomfort caused by peripheral neuropathy can be irritating and painful. There are a variety of treatment options and remedies available, and many of our patients come to us having tried many of them, but still seek relief from this frustrating nerve disorder. One question we get asked quite often is, “Will compression garments help with peripheral neuropathy?” While we have heard of this method working for some people and not for others, here is a bit of information that might be helpful for you.
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