Up to 20 million Americans have some type of neuropathy (nerve damage). At Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the team of interventional spine and pain management experts has years of experience diagnosing and treating neuropathy. There are various medications and therapeutic techniques that can relieve uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life. Call the office to request a neuropathy consultation, or book one online today.
Neuropathy refers to a group of diseases that damage your peripheral nerves (the nerves outside of your brain and spinal cord).
Anyone can experience neuropathy, but it’s most common in people with underlying metabolic problems like diabetes. There’s no cure for neuropathy, but various treatments can prevent it from worsening.
Symptoms of neuropathy include:
As the condition worsens, you might also develop bowel, bladder, or digestive problems.
Several factors may increase your risk of neuropathy, including alcohol dependence, exposure to certain toxins, and underlying health problems, such as diabetes and thyroid disease. Neuropathy also has a genetic component; it often runs in families.
Make an appointment with the team at Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics if you have pain or weakness in your hands or feet. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce uncomfortable symptoms and prevent more serious damage to your peripheral nerves.
To diagnose neuropathy, your Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics provider reviews your medical history and asks about your lifestyle, including how often you drink alcohol, if your job exposes you to chemicals or toxins, and whether you have a family history of nervous system diseases.
Next, your provider does a physical and neurological exam. They check your muscle strength and tone, assess your tendon reflexes, and test your ability to feel certain sensations. Your provider also orders various tests, including blood work, imaging tests, and nerve function tests.
Blood work can identify underlying health problems, like vitamin deficiencies, while nerve function tests measure your nerves’ responses to electrical stimulation.
Neuropathy treatment depends on the underlying cause and the symptoms you’re experiencing. At Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics, the team works to relieve pain and prevent the condition from worsening. They might recommend:
Call Advanced Spine and Pain Clinics to receive treatment for neuropathy, or use the online booking feature today.