Neuropathy is a disorder that affects the nerves in the body, causing weakness, numbness, and often excruciating pain, usually in the hands and feet, although it can affect other areas of your body as well. Nerves transmit information between the body and the brain, and when not functioning properly, this condition is called neuropathy. Neuropathy may be caused by hereditary conditions, exposure to toxins, trauma, diabetes, or kidney disease. People who suffer from neuropathy frequently describe the pain as having a “pins-and-needles” sensation or a stabbing or burning sensation. An estimated 20 million people in this country have some form of neuropathy, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH).
An accurate diagnosis of the neuropathy is essential for effective treatment. This is not only because there are hundreds of potential causes of neuropathy, but also because the symptoms of neuropathy are similar to those other diseases. Diagnosing neuropathy entails a thorough neurological examination, including an extensive medical history, as well as, tests performed to identify both the cause of the neuropathy and the extent and type of nerve damage. By evaluating the ability to sense vibration, touch, and body position, helps determine if there is sensory nerve damage and whether small or large nerve fibers are affected.
Once the underlying cause is determined, our physicians design a personalized treatment plan to address the source, as well as, control symptoms. At Integrity Pain & Wellness our physicians work in partnership with both patients and their referring physicians. Versed in the full array of available treatment options, specific plans often entail a combination of minimally invasive procedures, medication management, lifestyle changes, and therapy. The Integrity team is committed to providing the most effective treatment available to alleviate chronic pain.