Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
“Neuropathy” usually refers to peripheral neuropathy, a condition characterized by damage, irritation, or inflammation of nerve tissue within the peripheral nervous system. This system includes the nerves that emerge from your spinal cord and travel into your head, torso, limbs, hands, and feet.
The peripheral nervous system branches off from the central nervous system, made up of your brain and spinal cord.
Several conditions can lead to neuropathy, and it can cause many unpleasant symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms of Neuropathy?
Common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Pain that travels down the nerve’s path
- Sharp, stabbing pain
- Aching pain
- Tingling or burning sensations
- Muscle weakness
- Neck and back pain
- Hip and shoulder pain
- Wrist and ankle pain
- Poor coordination
- Loss of balance
- Sleep disruption
Neuropathic pain ranges from mild to severe. It can get worse at night or while you’re physically active.
What Causes Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is caused by many things, among them repetitive-use disorders, traumatic injuries, postural imbalance, spinal misalignment, and systemic health conditions.
Some common conditions that can cause neuropathy include:
- Herniated discs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Neuropathy can affect your mobility and make it difficult for you to carry out your daily activities.
How Is Neuropathy Diagnosed?
To accurately diagnose the cause of your nerve pain, the medical team at Elite Physical Medicine conducts a comprehensive exam. This includes a physical exam, a review of your health history, and detailed questions about your symptoms.
Your provider could ask you to do some exercises that help them evaluate your reflexes and muscle strength. They might also order diagnostic imaging like X-rays.
What Is The Treatment For Neuropathy?
When your provider has diagnosed the cause of your nerve pain symptoms, they collaborate with the team at Elite Physical Medicine to design an integrative treatment plan customized to treat your individual needs.
To relieve your pain and restore your mobility and function, your treatment plan can include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Innovative treatment
- Therapeutic exercise
- Massage therapy
Your treatment plan includes three phases. The first phase focuses on relieving your pain. The second phase promotes the healing of the affected nerves. The last stage involves maintaining your health to keep you pain-free.
If you struggle with nerve pain that interferes with your quality of life, call Elite Physical Medicine today at (812) 445-5172, or request an appointment online.