More than 30 million Americans have peripheral neuropathy. At the Pain Care, LLC, offices in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, and Johns Creek, Georgia, the dedicated team of pain management experts use a conservative but flexible approach that focuses on long-term wellness. Learn how neuropathy treatment advances can restore your hope by calling the Metro Atlanta office nearest you or booking an appointment online now.
Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage within your peripheral nervous system, which includes all the nerves in the body, apart from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
Because your peripheral nervous system covers so much of your body, peripheral neuropathy can cause symptoms in many areas, from your shoulders and arms to your legs and feet. But, the most common area for peripheral neuropathy symptoms is the feet.
Peripheral neuropathy can occur in three types of nerves:
Sensory nerves transmit sensations like pain, vibration, and touch.
Motor nerves control your muscle movements.
Your autonomic nerves regulate involuntary or partially involuntary things like heart rate, blood pressure, and bladder control.
Peripheral neuropathy usually affects multiple nerves (polyneuropathy), with the symptoms varying with the kind of nerves it affects.
About 75% of cases of polyneuropathies start in the extremities, especially the feet. Symptoms may then spread without treatment. Peripheral neuropathy can cause symptoms such as:
If you have autonomic nerve damage, you may also experience bladder issues, blood pressure changes, digestive issues, and other physical problems.
By far, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is high blood sugar due to diabetes - about half of all people with Type 2 diabetes and one-fifth of people with Type 1 diabetes experience peripheral neuropathy.
Thyroid, liver, and kidney disease can all cause peripheral neuropathy, as can vitamin B12 deficiency, excessive alcohol consumption, toxin exposure, and traumatic injury.
Pain Care, LLC, starts with a specific diagnosis, which usually includes a nerve conduction study that identifies the damaged nerves.
Treatment generally includes a combination of physical therapy, medication for specific symptoms, and other conservative measures. Many people with peripheral neuropathy respond to noninvasive transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy in the office as needed.
Pain Care, LLC, also works with the Stem Cell Institute of Georgia to offer regenerative medicine services that may help with some cases of neuropathy.
If you have persistent peripheral neuropathy symptoms, the team may recommend an implanted spinal cord stimulator (SCS), dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulator, or peripheral nerve stimulator.
Treating your underlying condition is extremely vital with peripheral neuropathy, so you may need to make some lifestyle changes to better manage your blood sugar or other root causes of nerve damage.
If you’re struggling with discomfort, and you suspect it’s nerve damage, schedule an appointment by calling the nearest Pain Care, LLC, office or clicking on the provided booking link now.