Dr. Pankonin’s Guide to Chronic Neuropathy

This free report was written by Kyle J. Pankonin, DC, FACO, DACCP, CFMP, CCEP, a board-certified chiropractic orthopedist with nearly two decades of clinical experience treating some of the most challenging pain conditions in the human body, including peripheral neuropathy. In addition to this training, which helps him properly diagnose conditions and offer research-based non-drug and non-surgical treatment options, Dr. Pankonin is also a board-certified functional medicine practitioner. This specialized training helps him find the root cause of almost any health challenge, including peripheral neuropathy.


I want to start this report by addressing the suffering and fears you likely are experiencing if you are living with this tough condition. You may fear falling because you don't have much feeling in your feet. Most people with neuropathy have balance issues. Older patients may be afraid of an accompanying hip or other fracture with these falls, which is a legitimate fear. Those of you with diabetic neuropathy may fear developing ulcers and even possible amputation. Nearly 86,000 Americans each year undergo amputations as a result of uncontrolled neuropathy. The symptoms of neuropathy are life-changing and many people suffer greatly: burning, tingling, pain, loss of balance and difficulty sleeping.

While there are no absolute guarantees in healthcare, for many of you reading this guide there is hope for significant and meaningful improvement to your condition. There are advanced research-based non-drug and non-surgical options now being used throughout the United States. These are options your traditional doctor will not tell you about. There are ways to improve circulation to damaged nerves; to wake them up and lessen pain. Better sleep, less pain, improved balance, and overall better quality of life is possible with many people currently suffering from peripheral neuropathy.

Let’s talk about:

  • What causes neuropathy
  • How modern medicine addresses this problem
  • Different types of neuropathy
  • Alternative treatments that work
  • How to determine if you are a good candidate for alternative types of treatment

Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves, meaning those outside of the spine, usually the arms or legs. It affects the feet and/or hands, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain. Peripheral neuropathy can come and go, slowly progressing over many years, or it can be severe and debilitating. If diagnosed early, it can often be controlled with the right treatment. Neuropathy is really your doctor's word for nerve damage. It is estimated 20 million patients in the U.S. suffer from this diagnosis.


The most common cause of neuropathy by far is diabetes. When glucose (sugar) is too high in the body over a long period of time it can lead to nerve damage and neuropathy. If the damage is not contained it can lead to ulcers and amputation may be necessary. Another common and often overlooked cause of neuropathy is the use of cholesterol (statin) medications. Cholesterol is actually the biggest component of the protective covering surrounding nerves. When you artificially lower cholesterol too much it damages the protective nerve covering and can lead to neuropathy.

Another unfortunate cause of neuropathy is as a side effect of chemotherapy. While chemo may be what was needed to treat the cancer, the toxic effects can also be quite harmful to the nerves. Heavy metal toxicity may be responsible for some neuropathy cases. Overexposure to lead, mercury, aluminum, arsenic, r cadmium, to name a few, can cause damage to the delicate nerves of the body. Nutritional deficiencies of vitamin or micronutrient levels may be to blame, most commonly B12, B6 and B1.

Most other neuropathy cases that do not fall into these categories are termed idopathic, which means a cause cannot be determined. As a functional medicine practitioner, I simply do not believe no cause can be identified. I believe there is always a cause and many times if you find the cause of a condition you find the key to treating it. We also treat many patients with compressive neuropathy, which is caused by conditions like spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) or disc bulges or herniation putting pressure on nerves. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a direct compression of a nerve at the wrist so needs to be checked for in patients with hand symptoms.

Finally, one common trait in all peripheral neuropathy cases is INFLAMMATION. If you don't get whatever is causing your inflammation under control, your nerves will never be healed.


The specific symptoms you experience will depend on which parts of the nerve are affected. If the sensory part of the nerve is affected, there will be a loss of sensation or over-sensation of pain, tingling or burning. If the motor part of the nerve is affected, muscle weakness, cramps, spasms, loss of balance and coordination issues will occur. If the autonomic nerves are damaged this can affect involuntary problems (functions you can't control). This can lead to abnormal blood pressure and heart rate, reduced ability to perspire, constipation, bladder dysfunction such as incontinence, and sexual dysfunction. Most patients have a mix of symptoms with different areas of the nerves being affected.


Most over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen do little or nothing to target nerve pain. One drug called Cymbalta has been FDA-approved to treat diabetic neuropathy. Side effects include nausea, dry mouth, sleepiness, fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite and sweating. It can also cause dizziness and hot flashes. The most common medication we see prescribed for non-diabetic neuropathy is Gabapentin (Neurontin) which is an anti-convulsant and is not even FDA-approved to treat neuropathy. Common side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, unsteadiness, memory loss, lack of coordination, difficulty speaking, viral infections and tremors. There are some other medications used on occasion, but the common denominator is none of the are meant to cure neuropathy. Medications will not fix your neuropathy, only mask the symptoms. While medications may offer symptom relief at first, over time this relieving effect will lessen as the underlying condition continues to worsen without any action being taken to actually fix it, not just cover its symptoms.


There is no one magic bullet cure for treating neuropathy. It takes a comprehensive approach to find and address the cause then correct or at least improve the damage that has occurred.


  • Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy is a class IV laser and is the most powerful available on the market for treating nerve conditions. We are the only clinic in SW MN to offer this breakthrough technology. Deep tissue robotic laser therapy penetrates into the nerve cells and stimulates energy production which promotes healing. The laser uses two different wavelengths: one works on pain and one works on inflammation. They are synced together to produce a synergistic effect.
  • NeuroMed Electroanalgesia generates an electric current to help stimulate normal nerve firing. It helps to "wake the nerves up," reduce muscle cramping and spasm and inhibits pain signal. At the most basic level, it blocks pain and awakens the nerves to bring back normal feeling. This is very different than basic TENS or electrical stimulation units used at home or in a physical therapy or chiropractic clinic for musculoskeletal pain conditions. These other machines produce stimulation from 1-150 pulses per second. NeuroMed electroanalgesia produces up to 10,000 pulses per second. We are the only clinic in SW MN to offer this advanced form of electrical stimulation.
  • Back On Trac/Cervi-Trac and custom orthotics from Foot Levelers may be helpful in some neuropathy cases. We use a specific type of traction which helps to gently stretch the spacing between the vertebrae in the lower back or neck to reduce pressure on pinched nerves. Many patients with foot pain benefit greatly from custom orthotics from Foot Levelers. These gently correct arch collapse which in turn reduces pressure on pinched nerves in the feet. They also help with balance.
  • Targeted supplementation containing ingredients that have been proven to help heal nerves in neuropathy patients are prescribed. We use a supplement called Nerve Renew which contains the most powerful and clinically proven forms of B vitamins, stabilized R alpha lipoic acid, anti-oxidants and herbal extracts. All the ingredients have been clinically proven to reduce neuropathy pain and discomfort.


A thorough review of your condition and overall health history and a thorough examination is the only way to determine how far your neuropathy condition has progressed and if it can be helped. We will be honest with you. If your condition is too severe, has been present for too long, or if you are unwilling to make changes to follow the program then we will tell you we cannot help. On the other hand, if your history and exam shows us a treatable condition and you are willing to make some changes and follow the program, then we will let you know we likely can help. Clinics around the country with similar programs to ours report a 70-90% success in improving neuropathy symptoms. Our goal is to reduce your symptoms by a minimum of 50% or more. In some severe cases, 50% improvement is a huge success in quality of living, and many patients will see more improvement than that. Total and complete healing is not always attainable, but we have seen several cases achieve well over 50% symptom relief.


Your options now are to do nothing, continue to do whatever it is you've been doing, or to try this research-backed, comprehensive program. Chances are if you're reading this, you are looking for more answers and other options, and it may be safe to assume what you are currently doing is not working. Remember, peripheral neuropathy is a progressive disease and without proper treatment will continue to worsen over time. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Neuropathy Frequently Asked Questions

The neuropathy treatment protocol calls for 24 sessions over three months. Three sessions per week for the first month; two sessions per week for the second month; one session per week for the third month.

Most patients will start to feel some improvement within the first month of treatment. Optimal results will take closer to the prescribed three-month widow, and sometimes longer depending on the severity of your condition. Remember the delicate healing of damaged nerves is gradual not instant.

Program components include laser therapy, electroanalgesia, custom orthotics from Foot Levelers, a Nerve Plate for at-home use, and nutritional supplementation with Nerve Renew. Some patients also need Back On Trac or Cervi-Trac therapy. In total, the program will cost around $4,500 out-of-pocket over three months. Payment plans are available.

No. Please keep in mind our program costs about half as much as clinics in the Twin Cities with similar neuropathy treatment protocols.

Yes. We have a variety of flexible payment options including monthly and weekly as well as through CareCredit. Our staff will review an individualized program plan and help you decide which payment method is best.

Nothing in healthcare is 100% guaranteed. However, this program is scientifically sound and has been used throughout the country with an 85-90% success rate.

In short, side effects are highly unlikely. We carefully screen laser patients to be sure there are no contraindications. We have used laser therapy in our office for several years and have had no reported side effects. Some of the nutritional supplements can cause digestive upset, so dosages may need to be modified; though again this occurs very rarely. People do not die from nutritional supplements, but well over 100,000 die each year from prescription drugs. Some patients experience mild discomfort or soreness in the arches of the feet when getting used to wearing the custom orthotics, but this typically only lasts a week or two. Electroanalgesia can produce burns if used at the incorrect settings, but our staff has been trained to use the machine properly to minimize this risk. This would be a rare and certainly not life-threatening side effect.

You will be in the office for about 45-75 minutes each session.

Honestly, it is a bit pointless to do only a few sessions. The program protocol was carefully and specifically designed to give you the best chance for symptom relief. Again, the delicate healing of damaged nerves is gradual, not instant. Doing only a few sessions is not going to be a good use of your money because only a few sessions simply will not give you the relief you desire. Most patients will start to feel some improvement within the first month of treatment. Optimal results will take closer to the prescribed three-month window, and sometimes longer depending on the severity of your condition. Following the program as recommended is the best way to proceed.

We do have a home-based program as an option if distance is a factor.

Take control of your health today!

Schedule your initial consultation with our experienced team now and start your journey towards a pain-free life.

Scroll to Top