If you’re among the 20 million Americans that suffer from the dysfunction of neuropathy, there are treatments available to help you cope. At Interventional Pain Management Services, with two offices in St. Louis and one in Granite City, Missouri, the experienced team of pain management specialists offers custom treatment plans that can increase your functionality and prevent a worsening of your condition. Learn more about solutions for managing neuropathy symptoms by calling the office nearest you or booking a consultation online today.
Neuropathy is a condition that affects the function of your peripheral nervous system, which connects your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. This system includes:
Motor nerves carry signals from your brain to your muscles, helping you move and automatically react to dangerous situations.
Sensory nerves carry messages from each of your senses through the spinal cord and into your brain, giving you such sensations as hot and cold.
The autonomic nerves affect the functions of your body you don’t consciously control, such as your heart rate, breathing, digestion, and blood pressure.
When the nerve cells in any of these systems are damaged by disease or injury, it affects the way your peripheral nervous system communicates, causing neuropathy.
There are several factors that can increase your risk for neuropathy. For some, the condition is hereditary, and you may be more likely to develop neuropathy if your close relatives have it.
Other common causes of neuropathy include:
You may also develop neuropathy if you lack vitamins important for the healthy function of your nerves, such as niacin, vitamin E, and multiple types of vitamin B.
Initial signs of neuropathy may include tingling, burning, or numbness in your feet and hands. Depending on which part of the nervous system suffers damage, you may also experience symptoms like:
Damage to your autonomic nerves may also cause digestion problems, nausea, and diarrhea.
Initially, the experienced pain management specialists at Interventional Pain Management Services work to identify the cause of your neuropathy before recommending treatment. In some cases, managing the underlying condition, such as diabetes, that’s causing your nerve issues can reduce your symptoms.
If you continue to experience issues with the functionality of your muscles or other systems, the experienced physicians may recommend other treatment options*, such as:
To prevent falls when neuropathy affects your muscle coordination, you may need to use a walker or other device and engage in exercises to strengthen muscles in your body.
While there’s no cure for neuropathy, with the right treatment strategies you can better manage your condition. For a neuropathy evaluation, book an appointment at Interventional Pain Management Services online or by phone today.
*Individual results may vary