Although it may sound like a disease, peripheral neuropathy is actually a symptom that occurs when nerves are damaged. It can cause pain, loss of function, such as to your motor movements, or a loss of sense of touch. It commonly develops in the longest nerves first, affecting your toes and feet. However, peripheral neuropathy can also affect other nervous systems, and the symptoms will depend on what functions those nerves control.
The primary cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, but there are other causes that include:
- Vitamin deficiency
The tell-tale symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include numbness and tingling that travels up the arms or legs, a burning or extremely sharp pain, extreme sensitivity to touch, and weak or uncoordinated movement.
However, since peripheral neuropathy is itself a symptom, your doctor must review your medical history and examine you to determine its cause. Blood tests may be ordered to screen for underlying conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, or a vitamin deficiency. The examination will also include reflex and sensation testing. If necessary, an electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test may be ordered to assess the speed and strength of nerve signals to your affected muscles. A nerve biopsy may also be used to identify any abnormalities. Meanwhile, imagining scans can help determine if there is pressure on a specific nerve.
Once diagnosed, there are numerous non-surgical ways to treat and manage peripheral neuropathy, depending on its underlying cause, its severity, and the nerves that are involved. These options include:
- Perineural Injections
- PRP Therapy
- IV Nutrient Therapy
- Physical therapy aimed at improving muscle strength, coordination, and range of motion
- Braces or splints to position your joints
- Ambulation devices, such as a walker, cane, or crutches to increase mobility
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to relieve pain
- Lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and eating healthy balanced meals
Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Our dedicated team of chiropractic and sports medicine specialists at Reagan Integrated Sports Medicine are specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of injuries and conditions, including peripheral neuropathy. If you are experiencing such troublesome symptoms and need relief, don’t hesitate to call us at (972) 503-7272 to schedule an examination. You can also use our convenient online Scheduling App to arrange your visit. We look forward to serving you soon.