According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 20 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy. Many live with sensory abnormalities that make it difficult to get through the course of a typical day. At Innovative Medical Centers, people suffering from peripheral neuropathy are treated using interventions aimed at addressing the causes of the condition. To schedule an appointment, call the Columbus, Ohio office or use the easy online scheduling option.
The human nervous system is a complex communications network that serves to transport sensory data from all areas of the body to the central nervous system and then the brain, which interprets the data. The brain also sends data back through the nervous system to prompt tasks like muscle movement.
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when the components of your peripheral nervous system are damaged in some way. Neuropathy can take many forms, including pain, abnormal sensations, or impaired organ function.
Symptoms vary depending on which type of nerves sustains damage.
Motor nerve neuropathy can lead you to experience muscle weakness, diminished reflexes, muscle twitching, and muscle atrophy.
When your sensory nerves are damaged, you may experience loss of sensation in your hands and feet, slowed reflexes, and difficulty with coordination. You might not feel pain from a wound or infection. Some people experience increased pain with no apparent cause, or pain stemming from normal stimuli like wearing clothing.
When the nerves that control organ function sustain damage, symptoms include loss of bladder control, sudden changes in blood pressure, inability to sweat, or lack of muscle control. Gastrointestinal issues can also occur, including constipation, diarrhea, or difficulty swallowing.
A key component to treating peripheral neuropathy lies in addressing the causal factors. Your doctor begins by assessing your current health and lifestyle and taking a thorough health history.
If there are conditions noted that could play a causal role in your neuropathy, treatment focuses on improving those conditions. An example of a causal factor is compression that places undue pressure on your nerves. Relieving that compression allows your nerve cells to regenerate, which often reverses neuropathy in that area.
If infection, vitamin deficiency, hormonal fluctuations, or other concerns are creating your nerve damage, those conditions are assessed and treated individually. Having the skills and patience to explore a wide range of potential causes is an essential part of effective neuropathy treatment.
Lifestyle changes can also improve neuropathy. The team at Innovative Medical Centers can help you find a healthy and balanced diet, increase your exercise level, and manage other medical conditions that can lead to neuropathy.
If you’d like to learn more or receive comprehensive screening for neuropathy, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.