About 20 million people in the United States, including more than half of all diabetics, suffer from neuropathy. It can cause weakness, numbness and pain in hands and feet, and sometimes it can even lead to amputation.
Now, a new therapy is helping people fight neuropathy.
Walking across the street used to be impossible for Eddie Jeffcoat. Damaged nerves in his feet left him homebound for three years.
"It came to where I couldn't stand. I couldn't walk," Jeffcoat said.
After getting therapy, Jeffcoat can now walk his dog, Bear, and he even enjoys treadmill time.
Dr. Marc Ott, a chiropractic physician, said the new treatment for feet and hands centers on an electric stimulator called the "ReBuilder." It measures how a person's nerves are abnormally firing, then sends an electrical frequency to get the nerve back into a normal firing pattern.
"So, for each patient, the way the unit actually fires is different. It builds a pattern that's specific to you," Dr. Ott said.
The therapy includes exercises on a vibrating platform to help restore balance and neurological control.
While Jeffcoat is still not up to full speed, he has lost 40 pounds and cut his pain levels in half.
A home unit could help reduce the pain even more. In the meantime, Eddie says the ReBuilder has made life a lot more bearable.
For more information about the ReBuilder and where you can receive treatment locally, visit the ReBuilder Medical Inc. website.