Neuropathy occurs when pain and miscommunication between your central nervous system and other parts of your body lead to a loss of sensation, pain, and dysfunction. You may notice symptoms of neuropathy in your hands, feet, and limbs, but neuropathy can also affect other parts of your body. At Valley Medical and Wellness with locations in Burnsville, Minneapolis, and Woodbury, Minnesota, we provide comprehensive treatment to help you manage symptoms of neuropathy so you can get back to work and doing the things you love. Learn about your options for neuropathy treatment by calling the nearest office or booking an appointment online.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Neuropathy usually develops over time. When symptoms become apparent, you’ll notice:
Numbness or pins-and-needles sensations in your feet or hands that often radiate into your arms and legs
Lack of coordination
Sensitivity to touch
Throbbing, jabbing pain
Neuropathy puts you at risk of other injuries, too, because you have a loss of sensation. You’re more likely to burn yourself or not notice a cut that’s become infected when you suffer from this nerve condition.
What are the types of neuropathy?
Neuropathy is not just one disease. It has four distinct types:
This type occurs when the nerves of your extremities, such as the legs, hands, and feet, are affected.
When one of the 12 cranial nerves is damaged, your eyes and ears are affected.
Autonomic neuropathy is diagnosed when you have damage to the nerves of your involuntary nervous system, which controls circulation and the heart, as well as digestion and bladder function.
You’re diagnosed with focal neuropathy when your symptoms are isolated to one group of nerves or a single nerve.
What causes neuropathy?
Neuropathy often occurs as a side effect of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Diabetes is also a major cause. It’s estimated that more than half of people diagnosed with diabetes develop some form of neuropathy.
Vitamin deficiencies, infections, inherited disorders, and certain medications may also cause neuropathy.
How is neuropathy pain treated?
Before developing your individualized neuropathy treatment plan, the doctors do a comprehensive review of your medical history and your physical health. They do their best to find the root cause of your symptoms to offer the best treatment possible.
The doctors at Valley Medical and Wellness provide extensive treatment plans for neuropathy symptoms. Pharmaceutical interventions are the first line of treatment. Complementary therapies such as osteopathic manipulations, acupuncture, and supplementation are also quite successful in addressing neuropathy symptoms and relieving pain.
If you suffer dysfunction and pain due to neuropathy, call the nearest Valley Medical and Wellness location, or schedule an appointment online.
Fax Number: 612-444-9000