What Is Neuropathic Arthritis?
What Is Neuropathic Arthritis?
Neuropathic arthritis is also referred to as Charcot’s joint or neuropathic arthropathy. In the case of neuropathic arthritis, the nerve associated with a specific joint, or a group of joints, becomes damaged and is unable to send signals to the brain. This prevents the nerve from being able to alert the brain that there is damage occurring with the joint.
There are different theories as to what causes the bony destruction with this neuropathic condition and what sustains it. Over time, the cartilage between bones can become completely worn down and the joint becomes damaged as a result of repeated microtraumas. Due to the loss of sensation from nerve damage, the severity of joint damage often goes undetected. Many scientists now believe that a traumatic incident can start this cascade of problems in the foot of a person with neuropathy. Unfortunately, due to the lack of sensation, often it is impossible to determine when that trauma may have happened. It could have been something as simple as stepping off of a curb, or it could be from an obvious fall.
Typically, once pain is felt (a common early symptom), it does not match the higher degree of joint damage. In about 10-20% of those with neuropathy, there is pain that is felt generally. But the rest have little if any sensation, to include pain.
What Causes Neuropathic Arthritis?
Neuropathic arthritis typically occurs within those who are already suffering a condition that impacts the nerves. The most common illness associated with neuropathic arthritis is diabetes. However, neuropathic arthritis can also be tied to stroke, syphilis, leprosy, chronic alcohol use, chemotherapy, HIV medications, micronutrient deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, and spinal cord disorders.
It’s important to work with your physician and closely monitor any underlying diseases that may put you at risk for neuropathic arthritis. Early diagnosis can help prevent or slow future damage to the joint, helping you maintain mobility.
Natural Supplements For Nerve Health
Dr. Meredith Warner’s supplement line, Well Theory, features supplements specifically designed to promote nerve health. Dr. Warner treats many people with neuropathic pain and has significant experience and expertise in this field.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is an antioxidant rich, single-ingredient supplement that can promote healthy nerve function and protect them from free radicals. As ALA works to neutralize free radicals, it can reduce inflammation throughout the body, promoting healthy joints as well. It’s also a great natural supplement for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
The Nervous System Multi contains Omega-3, PEA, Resveratrol, Green Algae and NAC. This powerful multi can reduce inflammation throughout the body and brain, encourage antioxidant production while providing additional antioxidants and supporting mitochondrial health. Omega-3 on its own can help protect nerve endings and signaling abilities by promoting membrane and myelin sheath health. Omega-3 is also available as a single-ingredient supplement on the Well Theory site.
If you believe you may be susceptible to, or experiencing neuropathic arthritis or neuropathy, schedule a consultation at Warner Orthopedics & Wellness today. We can help you get to the root of your pain and establish a care plan that works best for you.