Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco
Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician located in Frisco, TX & Lewisville, TX
Approximately 20 million Americans live with neuropathy, but treatments are available to relieve your pain and prevent further nerve damage. At Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco, the experienced team provides the Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen, and Lewisville Texas communities with the most innovative therapies available for complex conditions, like neuropathy. Don’t ignore neuropathy symptoms; call Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco or book an appointment online today.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition involving damage to your peripheral nervous system. There are two parts to your nervous system: the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.
Your central nervous system includes your brain, nerves, and spinal cord. The vertebral canal, spine, and skull protect this part of your nervous system. The nerves in the rest of your body comprise your peripheral nervous system. This complex network manages communication between your central nervous system throughout your body.
If you sustain damage to your peripheral nervous system, you often experience physical symptoms like pain, numbness, and weakness. This discomfort can occur in any part of your body, but it’s most common in your hands and feet.
Neuropathy is also known as peripheral neuropathy and can lead to dangerous conditions like foot infections, gangrene, and ulcers.
What causes peripheral neuropathy?
The leading cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes because high blood sugar can lead to nerve damage. It’s also possible to have damage to your peripheral nervous system from other conditions, including:
- Injury or infection
- Autoimmune disorders
- Chronic liver or kidney disease
- Some medications
Certain cancers and cancer treatments like chemotherapy can also lead to neuropathy.
What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy symptoms can vary but often include:
- Tingling and numbness
- Diminished sensitivity to temperature
- Reduced coordination
It’s also common to experience burning, stabbing, shooting pain, or the sensation of pins and needles, with neuropathy. In many cases, your neuropathy symptoms grow worse at night.
How is peripheral neuropathy treated?
The first step in treating neuropathy involves identifying its cause. If you have diabetes, it’s essential to effectively control your blood sugar to reduce your risk of nerve damage.
Depending on the severity and symptoms associated with your condition, your pain management specialist might recommend a combination of treatments, including oral and topical medications. Experts at Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco also offer additional neuropathy therapies, such as:
- HF10 Therapy
- Physical therapy
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
If your neuropathy is due to nerve compression, your pain management specialist might also recommend minimally invasive interventions.
To learn more about neuropathy treatments, call Spine & Joint Physicians of Frisco or schedule an appointment online today.