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Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that results from nerve damage, which often affects your hands and feet. The condition can cause an array of unpleasant symptoms when left untreated. Life Balance Pain Care offers numerous neuropathy treatments to give you a better quality of life.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Common signs and symptoms associated with neuropathy include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Burning
  • Prickling
  • Throbbing pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Touch sensitivity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Feeling like you’re wearing socks or gloves

At the first sign of severe or ongoing neuropathy pain, see the Life Balance Pain Care team for an evaluation. 

What are the risk factors for neuropathy?

While neuropathy can happen to anyone, some factors boost your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Diabetes
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Some infections
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Toxin exposure
  • Repetitive motions
  • Family history of neuropathy
  • Thyroid, liver, or kidney problems

Ways to reduce your risk of neuropathy discomfort include properly managing diabetes, arthritis, chronic diseases, eating healthy foods, reducing or eliminating alcohol, not smoking, and avoiding toxin exposure. Getting regular exercise and reducing repetitive motions can also help.

How does my doctor diagnose neuropathy?

To find out if you have neuropathy, your pain management specialist discusses your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical examination, including a neurological examination, paying close attention to painful, numb, or tingling areas of your body.

Your Life Balance Pain Care provider might suggest blood tests, nerve function tests, CT scans, MRIs, other imaging procedures, or nerve or skin biopsies. 

What are my neuropathy treatment options?

Common treatments for neuropathy pain include:

Home remedies

Home remedies include taking care of your feet, getting regular exercise, not smoking, eating healthy foods, avoiding excessive alcohol, and keeping blood sugar levels under control.

Medication management

Taking certain medications can reduce discomfort caused by neuropathy. Medicated creams can help, too.

Regenerative medicine

Stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections stimulate your body’s natural healing ability.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy exercises, stretches, and massage at Life Balance Pain Care can relieve nerve pressure, reduce neuropathy pain, and prevent future problems.

Don’t live with neuropathy discomfort when simple treatments available Life Balance Pain Care can provide relief. Call the office and consult with a friendly staff member to schedule an appointment or book online today.