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
Common Causes of Neuropathy:
- Diabetes: up to 50% of people with diabetes develop Peripheral Neuropathy
- Autoimmune Disorders: Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.
- Chemotherapy & Radiation
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Trauma Injuries: Sports related, falls, car accidents, etc.
- Infections: Viral or Bacterial
Here at Epic Healthcare we have developed very specific protocols that have been extremely effective in helping to minimize peripheral neuropathy symptoms and increase a person’s ability to heal damage to the nerves and blood vessels as much as possible. Our doctors perform a thorough examination to determine which type of therapy or combination of therapies is most appropriate for your unique situation.