In A Pinch

Novel therapy eases debilitating neuropathy symptoms without medication

Iowa native Janis Sutton moved to Florida with her family when she was 13 years old. She later met her husband here, and with the exception of a brief stay in California, the couple has resided in the Sunshine State. 

A dedicated wife and mother, Janis opted not to work outside the home. Instead, she concentrated her time and energy on running the household and raising the couple’s daughter and two sons.

“It seemed like a big job at the time,” shares Janis, 85. “Actually, we were very fortunate. We’re a close family and never really experienced a lot of the problems that people seem to run into these days. For our children, it was simply a matter of growing up.”

All three children live in Florida, so she visits with them often. In recent years, the siblings noticed their mother was abandoning many of her favorite activities, including golf. Discomfort with her arms, legs and neck was the reason, Janis reveals.

“I had numbness in my arms, legs, feet and hands,” she elaborates. “At one point, I couldn’t tell hot from cold with my hands. There was pain in my neck that initially came and went and usually wasn’t bad. It didn’t keep me from sleeping or anything like that.

“I used to play a lot of golf, but the neck pain was worse after golfing. It eventually got to a point where it was so painful that I decided I didn’t want to deal with the pain after playing, so I stopped golfing altogether. 

“And because my legs were numb, balance became an issue for me. For a while, I was depending on a walker because I was very afraid of falling. At that point in my life, a fall would have been a disaster for me, so I used the walker to feel safe.”

Eventually, Janis visited her doctor. He diagnosed the cause of her symptoms as a pinched nerve in her neck, the result of cervical stenosis, which is a progressive narrowing of the spinal canal. 

“Surgery was recommended, but I decided against it because I felt I was too old and I didn’t want to deal with the potential complications,” Janis explains. “Then a friend told me she had been to Dr. Lupo’s clinic some years before.” 

Robert C. Lupo, DC, is a chiropractic physician who offers primary, chiropractic and holistic care at his Tampa-based practice, Physical Medicine Center.

“I wanted to get treatment for my problem right away, so I contacted the clinic,” Janis points out. “I’ve been going there ever since, almost two years now.” 

Pulsed Energy Waves 

Upon first visiting with Janis, Dr. Lupo ran a few tests and determined she was suffering from peripheral neuropathy.

A condition that affects more than 20 million Americans, peripheral neuropathy develops as a result of damage to nerves that run from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to other parts of the body.

Common causes of peripheral neuropathy include diabetes, certain autoimmune diseases and inflammatory infections, but Janis’ case likely stemmed from cervical stenosis due to degenerative disc disease in her neck, which led to her pinched nerve.

“Janis presented to our clinic with numbness in her extremities, neck pain and a loss of balance due to neuropathy,” Dr. Lupo recalls. “The tests I ran showed she was a good candidate for a unique protocol we offer called Sanexas electrotherapy.”

Sanexas electrotherapy is a noninvasive treatment that uses pulsed energy waves to treat painful areas of the body. It treats the underlying cause of neuropathy, unlike medications such as gabapentin, LYRICA® and certain antidepressants that only mask symptoms.

“With Sanexas electrotherapy, we can repair the damage done to the nerves by whatever causes the neuropathy,”
Dr. Lupo contends. “And we do it without medications. That’s especially important given the concern we all have with the overuse of pain medications.”

In addition to treating chronic pain and discomfort, Sanexas electrotherapy can relieve symptoms associated with fibromyalgia because it decreases inflammation, increases blood circulation and heals damaged nerve pathways.

It does this through a form of natural electric nerve stimulation that goes beyond transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) by using electronic signal energy waves produced by an ultrahigh-frequency digital generator.

“The energy waves stimulate the body at the cellular level by delivering energy to the affected areas of the body in varying wavelengths that include low-frequency and middle-frequency signals,” Dr. Lupo explains.

“That’s what allows this system to affect the nerve cell membranes as well as the surrounding tissue and produce a harmonic resonant vibration that promotes repair and healing. And it does this without causing any discomfort for the patient.

“Most importantly, it allows patients to decrease reliance on pain medications and greatly increases mobility. That in turn allows some to begin exercising again and just leads to a much better overall quality of life.”

The Happy Chemical 

“During a Sanexas electrotherapy treatment, the technicians put what looks like little suction cups on my legs and feet,” Janis describes. “Then they place little pads that conduct the electric current, which runs through my entire body. It’s completely painless. It feels more like a vibration than anything else.

“With neuropathy, the body has nerves that don’t know where to go or what to do. The brain must interact with the whole body to tell the nerves, This is what you need to do, and this is where you need to go. It’s a retraining, a redirecting of the nerves, if you will.” 

Other benefits of Sanexas electrotherapy include the normalizing of pH levels, which helps with food digestion and the destruction of germs in the gut. It also stimulates the production of serotonin.

“Serotonin is a chemical in our bodies that is sometimes called the happy chemical,” Dr. Lupo asserts. “It contributes to happiness and well-being and eases most kinds of pain, so the increase in serotonin is just another positive result of this treatment.”

Many patients also report sleeping better and having less anxiety after beginning Sanexas electrotherapy treatments. Studies show that more than 80 percent of patients gain enough relief to resume normal activities.

“Dramatic Improvement” 

Janis’ treatment at Physical Medicine Center is ongoing. She visits the clinic twice a week for Sanexas electrotherapy. She’s very pleased with her results thus far. While she isn’t golfing yet, she has resumed many of her other activities.  

“I’m doing much better now,” Janice enthuses. “There’s very little numbness in my arms and hands. My legs are getting better as well, but I still have some numbness in my feet. They feel like they’re asleep all the time, but that’s a dramatic improvement from before. 

“At this point, I’m keeping very busy and active all the time. I ride my bike, and I swim at the rec center. I walk, and I’m out doing what I want to do. My balance is still not good, but I’ve graduated off the walker. I take two yoga classes a week to work on my balance.

“I was very fortunate to have found Dr. Lupo’s clinic fairly early on. I didn’t experience severe complications from the neuropathy, and the Sanexas electrotherapy has been very successful.”

Adding to Janis’ satisfaction with her treatment is her absolute delight with the care and service provided by Dr. Lupo and his staff at Physical Medicine Center. 

“Dr. Lupo is wonderful. He’s very personable, not cold and clinical. He’s someone you can talk to,” she raves. “The clinic is run on a very personal level. The staff is warm and friendly, yet very professional. And they have answers to my questions if something comes up that I don’t understand or am worried about; I can sit down and talk with them.

“The office staff is very specific about scheduling. If I have an appointment at 9:30, I’m in there at 9:30 and I never have to wait. They’re very conscientious about my time and the doctor’s time. Physical Medicine Center is a phenomenal place, especially when you’re dealing with something like I’m dealing with. It’s an amazing place.” 

© FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo. 

Photos by
Jordan Pysz.

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