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Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy, commonly called neuropathy, is any condition affecting the proper functioning of the nerves connecting the brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body.
Damage to or destruction of one or several nerve cells causes this condition. These nerves carry sensations to or from the brain and spinal cord and control automatic body functions.
What causes neuropathy?
Neuropathy can be hereditary or acquired. Hereditary neuropathy is uncommon. Acquired neuropathy is the more common form and occurs over time due to complications of many medical disorders, including:
- Infection and autoimmune disorders
- Medications or poisons
- Vitamin deficiency
What are the typical symptoms of neuropathy?
The symptoms of neuropathy depend on the number and types of nerves involved and vary from mild to severe, including:
- Tingling, numbness, and burning in the hands and feet
- Sharp, stabbing pain
- Change in the ability to feel hot or cold
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty walking
Neuropathy that affects your autonomic nervous system can cause problems with bladder and bowel functions, indigestion, weight loss, dizziness, and heart rate.
How is neuropathy treated?
The first step is a physical examination. Next, depending on your symptoms and medical history, they order lab tests to help uncover the causes and devise a personalized neuropathy treatment plan.
You can expect a treatment plan that manages your symptoms with pain medication and a combination of therapies that may include:
- Physical therapy
- Nutrition advice
- Lifestyle modifications
- Interventional pain therapy
- Platelet Rich Plasma
- Amniotic Allograft
- Anti-Inflammatory Foods
- Class IV Laser (Photo-bio-modulation)
Interventional pain therapy consists of joint injections, nerve blocks, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, and epidurals for pain management
Premier Medical Group is one of the only local practices providing Amniotic Allograft for the treatment of pain associated with neuropathy. This treatment utilizes the natural healing power of protein and growth factors in platelets to induce natural healing and reduce pain.
If you have numbness and pain in your hands and feet that prevents you from enjoying your daily activities, call or schedule a consultation today.
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