Neuropathy

Total Body Advanced Medicine

Regenerative Medicine Specialists & Integrative Medicine Clinic located in San Pedro, CA

The tingling, burning, or pins-and-needles sensations caused by neuropathy are uncomfortable and in some cases, debilitating. Fortunately, a variety of treatment options are available. At Total Body Advanced Medicine located in San Pedro, California, the pain management experts regularly diagnose and treat neuropathy. To request your appointment, call or use the online booking tool today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is the medical term for nerve damage. The most common type of neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy, which causes damage to your peripheral nerves — the nerves outside of your brain and spinal cord. 

What causes neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy isn’t the result of one specific condition. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Autoimmune diseases like lupus or vasculitis
  • Diabetes
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Tumors
  • Bone marrow disorders

Other common causes of neuropathy include alcoholism, exposure to certain poisons, and the use of prescription medications, particularly those used to treat cancer. 

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Each of your peripheral nerves has a different function, so your symptoms depend on the nerves affected. 

You have three different types of peripheral nerves: sensory nerves that receive sensations, motor nerves that control muscle movement, and autonomic nerves that control functions like your heartbeat and respiratory rate.

Common symptoms associated with neuropathy include:

  • Stabbing, throbbing or burning pain
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sensitivity to touch

If the damage reaches your autonomic nerves, you may also experience heat intolerance, fluctuations in your blood pressure, or excessive sweating.

When should I see a professional regarding neuropathy?

If you experience any symptoms associated with neuropathy, it’s important to seek professional medical help right away. Left untreated, neuropathy spreads and the damage it causes is irreversible. 

How is neuropathy treated?

The first step in neuropathy treatment is a comprehensive physical exam performed by the team at Total Body Advanced Medicine. Next, depending on your symptoms and medical history, a series of lab tests may be ordered to help determine the source of your neuropathy. 

After gathering all of this information, your provider creates a unique treatment plan that may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Nutrition advice
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Interventional pain therapy

Chiropractic treatments like spinal manipulation and light massage may also provide relief.

If you’re living with diabetes or another chronic illness and you’re concerned about your risk of neuropathy, it’s important to take action. Call the office or use the online booking tool to request a consultation with the caring, compassionate team at Total Body Advanced Medicine today.