What is idiopathic neuropathy?

Idiopathic neuropathy is nerve damage of undetermined cause that affects the peripheral nervous system. While anyone can be afflicted with neuropathy, risk increases with age. Symptoms include numbness, pain, balance, and other similar issues. Neuropathy, in general, can be caused by a large variety of factors (see image).

What precautions should be taken?

Maintaining a healthy weight and a balanced diet can prevent neuropathy from developing. It’s also important to remain physically active throughout life. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption. Contact your doctors if you experience any of the common symptoms of neuropathy to a debilitating degree.

Pie Chart, Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

What treatments are available?

Treatments focus around alleviating symptoms. Treatments can range from prescription medication to physical or occupational therapy.