Offering Neuropathy Treatment
Have you recently been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy?
Are you interested in minimally invasive treatment for neuropathy that does not include addictive medications or surgery?
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia can help. We have several pain management clinics. If you are interested in learning more about peripheral neuropathy, please keep reading.
What is Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a condition in which the peripheral nerve fibers in the body become damaged. There are many causes of PN, which we will present in a later section.
When people suffer from neuropathy, he or she will also have difficulties with strength, movements, balance, and sensation in the lower and upper extremities.
A couple of types of neuropathy exist, such as diabetic neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy. Symptoms and treatment for each type of neuropathy remain similar.
Common Symptoms of Neuropathy
- numbness in legs
- burning sensation in legs
- itchy legs
- sleeping problems due to burning legs (or other symptoms)
- pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the affected area(s)
- tingling hands, fingers, and/or feet (similar to “pins and needles”)
- blisters or calluses
- slow reflexes
- muscle weakness or poor balance
- coordination problems
- difficulties with walking
- sensitivity to pain
Symptoms will vary from person to person. It is important to keep track of your symptoms and discuss them with your doctor. This will help him or her to determine the best treatment options for your neuropathy pain.
What Causes Neuropathy?
Neuropathy can be caused by many things, such as:
- exposure to toxins (such as Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War, heavy metals, and certain cancer chemotherapy agents)
- alchohol abuse
- autoimmune diseases
- vitamin deficiencies
- bone marrow disorders
Treatment and Care Options
Treatment and care options typically depend on the type of neuropathy and the cause(s).
- spinal cord stimulation
- antidepressants for pain
- membrane stabilizers
- medications that reduce the hyper-excitability of nerves
- transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- physical therapy
- plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin
- alpha-lipoic acid
- amino acids
- fish oil
Managing and Living With Neuropathy
Several creams and over-the-counter medications can be used to combat the symptoms of neuropathy. Doing so will help to live as pain free and comfortably as possible.
- Capsaicin cream or lidocaine cream can be used on the affected areas to help reduce symptoms.
- Take care of your feet and hands, especially if you have been diagnosed with diabetes.
- Exercise as much as possible.
- Stop smoking as soon as possible.
- Eat healthy, nutritious meals.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
- Monitor your blood glucose levels, if needed.
Resources and Tools: What Should You Do Now?
Are you suffering from the painful, disruptive symptoms related to neuropathy? Are you searching for conservative treatments for neuropathy?
Call The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia today for your consultation appointment.