Paterson, NJ (PRWEB) May 14, 2012
During Neuropathy Awareness Week on Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18, Dr. Anthony Enrico Jr., a New Jersey-based podiatrist with over 25 years of experience, hopes to spread awareness to the community about peripheral neuropathy and encourage early detection. According to The Neuropathy Association more than 20 million, or 1 in 15 Americans, has peripheral neuropathy but many people aren’t aware they have it (1).
Peripheral neuropathy, or nerve pain, refers to damage of the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) that is most commonly caused by trauma to the nerves or as a side effect of other illnesses such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, HIV, shingles and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, among others (2). Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness, tingling, pinching, burning, electric shock, glove or stocking sensation, weakness, heaviness and cramps (3). Symptoms can appear slowly and often go unnoticed or ignored until they become painful, but if left untreated can lead to immobility, loss of sensation and possibly infection.
New Jersey resident Andrew Harper, 64, came to Dr. Enrico over eight years ago when he was suffering from painful symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, the most common form of the condition. He could no longer walk barefoot as he had developed gangrene in his foot and a lesion on the underside of his foot so deep the bone was exposed.
“I didn’t know what neuropathy was and I didn’t think much of the discomfort until the pain got to be to unbearable. By that point I had trouble getting around and doing my normal day to day activities,” explains Harper. After much convincing from Dr. Enrico, Harper had to have his toe amputated in order to preserve his life and the nerve health of his foot.
“Neuropathy is often misdiagnosed and is greatly misunderstood, but unfortunately nerve damage cannot be reversed. Nerve health can be maintained however and that’s were the importance of early detection comes into play,” says Dr. Enrico. “It’s absolutely vital to seek medical attention before symptoms escalate. In my office, I work with patients to treat their underlying condition and manage their symptoms, which always includes a healthy lifestyle intervention.”
Nerve health can be maintained through a healthy diet, adequate rest, regular exercise and vitamin supplementation. Dr. Enrico has created NeuropasilTM, a nutritional supplement that contains a proprietary blend of B vitamins, zinc and amino acids including alpha lipoic acid (4) and inositol, which help the body decrease inflammation and increase healthy circulation naturally.
“Since my initial visit with Dr. Enrico, I am eating healthier and take NeuropasilTM every day. The change I noticed was remarkable and I was able to manage painful symptoms. My advice to people who are going through the same thing that I was is to seek out medical attention as soon as symptoms become present, and always make your health a priority.”
In recognition of Neuropathy Awareness Week, NeuropasilTM will be available on Dr. Enrico’s website, http://drenriconutritionals.com, for a special buy two get one free offer. For more information or to coordinate an interview with Dr. Enrico or Andrew Harper, please contact Lauren Verini at lauren(at)adinfinitumny(dot)com or 212.693.2150 x311.
About Dr. Anthony Enrico, Jr.
Dr. Anthony Enrico, Jr. is a doctor of podiatric medicine and is a registered podiatrist in both New York and New Jersey. He has been practicing podiatric medicine and surgery since 1987 and has extensive training in peripheral nerve medicine, including peripheral nerve decompression surgery. Dr. Enrico is the Medical Director of The Hackensack Surgical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. A member of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Association of Diabetic Educators, Dr. Enrico constantly strives to improve the lives of his patients. His decades of practice with patients plagued with nerve problems led him to seek preventative measures to improve nerve health, with a combination of proper nutrition, dietary supplements and pain management. His experience has taught him that for many patients, lifestyle changes can be difficult, so in creating NeuropasilTM, he can incorporate a nutritional supplement into their treatment plan to help reduce pain and increase mobility.