The stabbing, burning, and tingling of peripheral neuropathy can be tough to ignore. Our medical clinic offers safe and effective treatment options for this uncomfortable condition. Take advantage of a free evaluation with one of our skilled doctors and learn more about the advanced pain relief therapies available to you.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
“Neuropathy” refers to dysfunction or disease related to the nerves, and “peripheral”—in this context—refers to “beyond” the brain and spinal cord. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerve damage disrupts communication between the nerves, spinal cord, and brain.
Peripheral nerves form an incredibly intricate network that connects the skin, muscles, and internal organs to the spinal cord and brain. Peripheral nerves originate at the spinal cord and branch out into the body along lines called dermatomes. When nerve damage affects a dermatome, that area of the body can no longer communicate properly with the brain. The breakdown in communication can lead to unusual—typically unpleasant—sensations in the affected area.
When to See a Doctor
It is best to seek help at the first sign of weakness, tingling, or pain. The earlier we can diagnose your condition and begin treatment, the higher the likelihood of preventing further damage.
Symptoms commonly include:
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet that gradually spreads to the arms or legs
- Sensations of burning or freezing
- Sharp, throbbing or jabbing pain
- Increased sensitivity to touch
- Decreased coordination
- Muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis
If autonomic nerves are involved, additional symptoms may be:
- Decreased tolerance to heat and changes in sweating
- Digestive or bladder problems
- Lightheadedness or dizziness caused by changes in blood pressure
The most effective treatment option for peripheral neuropathy isn’t always obvious. Our doctors perform a thorough examination to determine which type of therapy—or a combination of therapies—is most appropriate for your unique situation. Our patients have experienced excellent results with:
- Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma
- Trigger point injections
- Spinal decompression and chiropractic care (nearly all patients with neuropathy in the feet also have lower back issues)
- Laser therapy
- Medical weight loss
Causes of Neuropathy
Nerve damage that leads to peripheral neuropathy has many causes. Some of the most common are:
- Diabetes: Up to 50% of people with diabetes develop peripheral neuropathy
- Trauma caused by sports injuries, falls, car accidents, and repetitive motion
- Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
- Vitamin deficiency: B vitamins and E vitamins are critical to proper nerve function
- Certain medications and cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy
- Infections including Lyme disease, shingles, hepatitis C, Epstein-Barr virus, and other viral or bacterial infections
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or heavy metals
- Hereditary disorders
- Tumors, whether malignant or benign, can press on nerves
- Bone marrow disorders
- Kidney or liver disease
Peripheral neuropathy is not something you’re stuck with for the rest of your life. Come in for a consultation, and we’ll help you decide on the treatment plan that will work for you.