Treating Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

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A rehabilitation medicine doctor or pain management specialist can prescribe medications to reduce pain and sensory symptoms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, says occupational therapist Gabrielle Miskovitz. Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service offers a variety of complementary therapies — such as acupuncture, manual lymph drainage, and other therapies — to relieve symptoms.

Physical and occupational therapists often work together to help patients manage symptoms and regain function. Physical therapy includes exercises to improve balance and gait. Assistive devices and orthotics may be recommended to aid in walking and prevent falls. Occupational therapy includes exercises to improve fine motor skills, dexterity, and coordination. It may also include strategies to decrease the risk of falls, cuts, and burns at home. Physical and occupational therapists may use hands-on treatments to reduce nerve constriction, improve joint mobility, and increase lymphatic flow.