Focused on educating the general public about neuropathy (also called peripheral neuropathy) and its warning signs, “National Neuropathy Awareness Week” is observed from May 4-10 in the United States. Sponsored by the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, the primary goal behind this campaign is to generate understanding about peripheral neuropathy and to encourage allocating more funds for neuropathy related research, developing more programs for the neuropathy community and ultimately finding more therapies and cures. According to reports, about 20 million Americans battle with the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy (PA). This is a chronic disorder that causes damage to the body’s peripheral nerve systems. The condition is not caused by a single disease, but by a series of conditions. One of the most common causes of this disorder is diabetes mellitus. In fact, PA occurs in 60-70 percent of people with diabetes. Other related causes include – traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, autoimmune disorders, exposure to toxins/poisons, alcoholism, vitamin deficiencies and other inherited disorders. Treatment modalities for this condition combine chiropractic care, pain medications and physical therapy procedures. Appropriate documentation of this condition requires correct recording of all the immediate symptoms and treatment modalities offered. Billing and coding services offered by a reputable medical billing and coding company can help physicians ensure correct and timely claim filing and reimbursement.

Regarded as one of the most common chronic neurological diseases, peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage of the peripheral nerve system that connects the skin, joints, muscles and internal organs to the brain and spinal cord. Any specific damage to the peripheral nervous system interferes with these vital connections. Numbness and loss of sensation are the most common symptoms and these become more visible in the feet and toes and can cause weakness, numbness and burning or stabbing pain. Other related symptoms include – loss of balance and coordination, regularly dropping things from your hand, prickling and tingling sensations in the affected body part, twitching and muscle cramps and digestive difficulty.

The 2020 week-long campaign is a unique opportunity to help the public learn about neuropathy and its risk factors. Recognizing the early symptoms and signs of neuropathy accurately is critical to preventing and slowing the progression of neuropathy and its related complications. Diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy (PA) involves a detailed physical and neurological examination. Blood tests and diagnostic imaging tests such as MRI scan and CT scan, nerve biopsy, electromyography, skin biopsy and other nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests may be used to detect the exact causes of this nerve disorder. Treatment modalities involve pain medications and a host of other manual therapies. Neurologists, physical therapists, chiropractors and pain management specialists offering treatment for different types of peripheral neuropathy must report the same on their medical claims using the designated medical codes. They need to have correct knowledge about the various codes when carrying out the billing and coding. Medical billing and coding services provided by reputable billing companies can help in timely claim submission.
ICD-10 diagnosis codes for PA include –

  • G90 – Disorders of autonomic nervous system (in the section titled – Other disorders of the nervous system)
  • G90.9 – Disorder of the autonomic nervous system, unspecified
  • G90.09 – Other idiopathic peripheral autonomic neuropathy

Since 1995, the Neuropathy Association has been working constantly to change the public perception of neuropathy and help patients, health care providers, and the public at large understand the true scope of this debilitating disease. However, it was in 2005, the Neuropathy Association annually designated a separate week in the month of May as “National Neuropathy Awareness Week” on the federal government’s calendar of National Health Observances. Since then the campaign has become a rallying point to spread the word about PA by sharing key facts within your social networks and other communities.

As part of the weekly observance, several events are hosted within communities across the United States and throughout the world to generate awareness and money for the research and treatment of neuropathy disorders. People can actively take part in this observance by sharing several resources to spread the word about peripheral neuropathy. People can use resources like – Logos (logos for online, printed items, or add to your email signature), Posters or PN Brochure, Social Media Shareables (by using images at the top of your social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn), changing your profile picture, or sharing the posts about peripheral neuropathy. People can also include the hashtags – #CallOutPeripheralNeuropathy, #PeripheralNeuropathyAwareness or SupporttheFoundationforPeripheralNeuropathy via posts in several social media platforms.

Observe National Neuropathy Awareness Week from May 4-10. Help spread the word about peripheral neuropathy (PA).