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Valley Medical and Wellness

Chronic Pain Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in Burnsville, Minneapolis, Woodbury & Rochester, MN

Neuropathy occurs when the nerves that carry messages between your central nervous system and other parts of your body become damaged. It can 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,  we provide comprehensive treatment to help you manage symptoms of neuropathy and get back to work and doing the things you love. We proudly serve the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, including Eagan, Bloomington, St. Paul, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Park. We have offices in Burnsville, Minneapolis, Woodbury, Rochester, and Bemidji Minnesota. Learn about your options for neuropathy treatment by calling the nearest office.

Neuropathy Q & A

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

  • Muscle weakness

  • 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:

Peripheral neuropathy

This type occurs when the nerves of your extremities, such as the legs, hands, and feet, are affected.

Cranial neuropathy

When one of the 12 cranial nerves is damaged, your eyes and ears are affected.

Autonomic neuropathy

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.

Focal neuropathy

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, our providers conduct 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. 

Call Valley Medical and Wellness today

If you suffer dysfunction and pain due to neuropathy, call the nearest Valley Medical and Wellness location.