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 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.
Peripheral neuropathy isn’t the result of one specific condition. Some of the most common causes include:
Other common causes of neuropathy include alcoholism, exposure to certain poisons, and the use of prescription medications, particularly those used to treat cancer.
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:
If the damage reaches your autonomic nerves, you may also experience heat intolerance, fluctuations in your blood pressure, or excessive sweating.
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.
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:
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.