What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Neuropathy means nerve disease or damage. Specific damage to one or more of the peripheral nerves, that can cause weakness, numbness, pain and a pricking sensation, especially in the extremities is known as peripheral neuropathy.
Since the peripheral nerves are involved in sending messages or signals transmitted from the central nervous system to different parts of the body, damage to any of these nerves interferes with the vital connections between the brain and spinal cord and rest of the body; in other words the signaling processes are affected.
Around 20 million people in the United States of America have some form of peripheral neuropathy.
In the U.K, 1 in 10 people aged 55 years and older are affected by some form of peripheral neuropathy.
Diabetic neuropathy accounts for 60% to 70% of all peripheral neuropathies.