Peripheral Neuropathy

Treatment Options

Our Cancer Rehab & Wellness Center can help manage your neuropathy.
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Chemotherapy can damage the peripheral nerves, affecting the ability to feel (sensory neuropathy), move (motor neuropathy) or both. Peripheral neuropathy is usually limited to nerves in your fingers, hands and toes, but it may affect your arms, legs or mid-part of the body (trunk). Diabetes, alcohol misuse, hypothyroidism, immune system disease and other medications increase the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy.

Physical therapy may help improve neuropathy symptoms, build strength, increase balance and promote safety. Additionally, certain medications can reduce symptoms. Talk with the doctor or nurse about treatment options.

Common Symptoms

  • Decreased ability to feel hot or cold
  • Difficulty keeping balance
  • Heavy or weak feeling in the arms and legs
  • Numbness or pain in the hands and feet
  • Numbness, pain or tingling that begins in the toes or fingertips and moves upward

Manage Your Neuropathy

  • Install handrails and use a nonskid shower mat when bathing.
  • Keep bath/shower water below is below 110°F to avoid burns or frostbite. Test it before stepping in.
  • Keep work and home environments well-lit and clutter-free.
  • Remove floor rugs.
  • Talk with your doctor about making an appointment at the Cancer Rehab and Wellness Center.
  • Wear gloves when washing dishes and cooking.
  • Wear warm socks and gloves.