Dealing with the chronic pain and weakness of neuropathy? The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers customized treatment options to relieve pain for patients in Kingsland and Brunswick, GA.
What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy refers to some type of damage to the peripheral nervous system (PNS) which sends signals between the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) and other areas of the body. It’s the peripheral nervous system that informs the CNS that the hands are cold, for example, and sends signals to muscles to contract. The PNS also sends signals controlling the heart, digestion, sexual function, immune system, and urination.
Neuropathy is a very broad term that can refer to damage to multiple nerves in an area or just one nerve. There are over 100 types of neuropathy with different symptoms depending on the nerves that are affected. In most cases, neuropathy affects all three types of nerves (autonomic, sensory, and motor nerves), but neuropathy can affect one type of nerve more than others.
Neuropathy can be caused by many things including autoimmune disorders, diabetes, hereditary conditions, inflammatory infections, and even some medications. In some people, the cause of neuropathy is unknown.
What Are the Types of Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy comes in many forms which are categorized based on the cause of the damage, the consequences of the specific nerve damage, or the extent of the damage. Common forms of neuropathy include:
- Diabetic neuropathy, which causes diabetes pain
- Mononeuropathy, which affects just one nerve such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Polyneuropathy, which affects multiple nerves at the same time. This includes diabetic neuropathy.
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, an uncommon chronic type of Guillian-Barre syndrome.
- Hereditary neuropathy, which can come from conditions like Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type one.
- Idiopathic neuropathy, which comes from an unknown cause and accounts for about 30% of all neuropathies.
How is Neuropathy Treated in Brunswick, GA?
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers many treatment options to give you relief from the pain of neuropathy. Potential treatments include:
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to ablate or burn painful nerves to deliver long-term pain relief by stopping signal transmission to the brain.
- Sympathetic Nerve Block
- This procedure is a type of nerve block that stops painful nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. This procedure can offer immediate results.
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Stem cell therapy can treat many types of nerve damage that don’t respond to other treatment options.
Surgery may also be necessary if you have neuropathy caused by pressure in a nerve that doesn’t respond to conservative treatment.
If you are struggling with the pain of neuropathy, contact us today to make an appointment for a customized treatment plan. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia delivers effective treatment for patients in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.