Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from some form of neuropathy, a condition that causes pain, weakness, and discomfort. The team at Modern Concepts in Fort Mill, South Carolina, provides thorough evaluations and effective treatments for patients with neuropathy. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Neuropathy is a general term for a group of conditions that causes damage to your peripheral nervous system, including the nerves in your arms, legs, hands, and feet. Your peripheral nerves are responsible for sending information from your limbs to your brain about temperature, pressure, and pain.
With neuropathy, this communication pathway is damaged and does not work properly. This can result in injuries to your limbs, such as cuts, bruises, and burns, since you may not feel pain or other sensations. Common symptoms of neuropathy include:
Early signs of neuropathy can include numbness and tingling in your limbs, clumsiness and tripping easily, and a feeling of unsteadiness on your feet.
Neuropathies are generally considered acquired conditions, meaning they develop during your life. In rare cases, neuropathies are present from birth. Common causes of acquired neuropathies include:
In 60% of cases, neuropathy is caused by diabetes. With diabetes, high levels of blood sugar can damage the nerves in your hands and feet.
Neuropathy is diagnosed with physical and neurological exams as well as specialized testing, including blood tests, nerve conduction tests, electromyography, and CT and MRI imaging.
Your doctor will also check your flexibility, muscle strength, and sensations on your feet, hands, arms, and legs. To check sensations, your doctor may prick your skin gently or run a medical pinwheel over your skin to determine if you feel pain or cannot feel the sensation due to numbness.
After your exam and testing, your doctor will determine the cause of your neuropathy and recommend treatment options.
For mild cases of neuropathy, physical rehab and nutritional counseling — including incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet — can improve your muscle strength and balance while reducing inflammation.
For more complex or progressive cases of neuropathy, your doctor may incorporate interventional pain therapy or regenerative medicine, such as an amniotic allograft, into your treatment to relieve pain and encourage healing.
To get a personalized plan to treat your neuropathy, book an appointment with Modern Concepts online or over the phone today.