We become doctors to help people.
Unfortunately, the reality of a modern medical practice can sometimes make us rethink our original motives in becoming medical professionals…
So many patients…
Mountains of paperwork…
Not enough time to really get to know our patients as individuals…
Healing can sometimes take a backseat to the “quick fix.”
Especially in patients with peripheral neuropathy.
They’re not only dealing with the other symptoms of their underlying illness, now they have
- Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Deep pain in the legs and feet
- Loss of sensation and ability to feel warmth or cold
- Muscle cramps
- Numbness, tingling or burning in the arms, hands, legs or feet
- Dizziness, especially when they try to stand up
- Drooping facial muscles
- Loss of bladder control
They just want to feel better…now…
One of the best ways to get a strong start with treating peripheral neuropathy patients is to make efficient and effective use of every appointment.
And that means helping the patient help you treat them.
Preparing For That First Appointment
When your new patient calls in for an appointment, have a solid new patient questionnaire ready for them to complete. Don’t wait until they come in for that first appointment. Have your scheduling staff email or snail mail it to them a week before their first appointment and follow up with them to ensure they’ve filled it out before they come to your office.
Get as much information as possible. Other than the very basic questions like age, weight, etc., here are some sample questions you might want to include:
- What is your occupation?
- Do you have any underlying medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, shingles, cancer, alcoholism or substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, Guillian-Barre Syndrome)?
- When did you first notice your symptoms?
- How often do you experience your symptoms? Do you have problems at specific times of the day or after any specific activity?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, (1 being mild and 10 being severe), how would you rate your symptoms?
- Have you noticed anything that makes your symptoms better or worse?
- How often do you exercise?
- What does your diet consist of?
- Have you undergone any significant lifestyle changes recently?
Getting as much information about a day in the life of your new patient before you see them will help you use your appointment time efficiently and really get started with diagnostic testing and treatment.
Once you and your patient have done your homework, you have test results in hand and you know exactly what you’re dealing with, you can formulate a treatment plan specifically for this particular patient. A plan that will not only alleviate their symptoms but start repairing the nerve damage that’s caused their peripheral neuropathy.
In addition to regular medical treatment, you can offer your patients:
Diet Planning and Nutrition Counseling
The first goal for treatment in peripheral neuropathy is to get the patient’s underlying medical conditions under control and keep them under control to slow the progression of any nerve damage. That means ensuring that they properly take any prescribed medications and that they’re eating a healthy diet.
A diet that includes:
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh fruit
- Lean meats
- High fiber
- Whole grains
- No sweets
An integral part of the NeuropathyDR® protocol is sitting down with the patient and planning their meals to include the proper portions of each of these categories on a daily basis.
Pain Reduction and Nerve Repair
Once you know their underlying medical conditions are under control, the next part of the treatment protocol for your peripheral neuropathy patient is taking steps to reduce symptoms and help the nerves repair themselves. This can be done through a combination of topical pain medications, manual manipulation of the bones and joints to properly align the nervous system and nerve stimulation.
Diet, proper alignment of the bones and muscles and nerve stimulation are all important aspects of successful treatment of peripheral neuropathy.
A lifetime of bad habits can’t be undone overnight. You’ll want to provide an ongoing treatment and monitoring program with your peripheral neuropathy patients.
Once they see how much better they feel after the NeuropathyDR® treatment protocol, it’s incredibly easy for them to slip right back into their old habits. If you don’t stay in touch and follow up with them regularly, they can undo everything you’ve worked with them to achieve. And, even worse, they could be facing even more severe nerve damage than they had before.
Offer your peripheral neuropathy patients an ongoing monitoring and follow up program. A newsletter with articles about peripheral neuropathy, healthy lifestyle choices and tips for things to watch out for and report to their physician (you as their NeuropathyDR® specialist) will help you make a lasting difference in the lives of patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy.
When you’re trained and ready to treat them, let us help you reach them.
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