Neuropathy

Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management, Inc

Board Certified in Pain Management & Board Certified Pain Medicine & Board Certified Anesthesiology located in Centerville, OH

Up to 30% of Americans, including upwards of 70% of diabetics, develop neuropathy at some point during their lives and experience symptoms like numbness and shooting pain in their hands and feet. At the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management in Centerville, Ohio, triple board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management expert Mervet Saleh, MD, and her team provide customized treatments to manage your neuropathy symptoms and help you maintain a healthy and active life. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.

Neuropathy Q & A

Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management, Inc

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, which is often referred to as peripheral neuropathy, occurs when your nerve cells are damaged or destroyed, which impacts the way your peripheral nervous system communicates with your central nervous system — your brain and spinal cord.

Neuropathy can affect your sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves and cause symptoms that may include:

  • Numbness or tingling sensations in your hands and feet
  • Sharp, burning or freezing pain in your extremities
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Neck and back pain
  • Poor coordination and an increased risk of stumbling or falling
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Heat intolerance
  • Digestive problems
  • Blood pressure problems

Neuropathy can either occur in one part of your body, as with carpal tunnel syndrome for example, or it can affect many nerves in different parts of your body.

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy is either hereditary or acquired. Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is the most common form of hereditary neuropathy.

Common causes of acquired neuropathy include:

  • Systemic diseases like diabetes and cancer
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Trauma that causes nerve damage
  • Vascular health disorders like peripheral artery disease (PAD)

It’s important to get treatment for neuropathy as it can lead to complications such as skin injuries, infection, and an increased risk of falling.

How is neuropathy diagnosed?

Dr. Saleh and her team diagnose neuropathy with a comprehensive physical exam and electrodiagnostic assessments like nerve conduction studies and electromyography to identify the location and extent of your nerve damage.

How is neuropathy treated?

In addition to prescribing pain-relieving medication, Dr. Saleh and her team can also recommend a variety of treatments, therapies, and lifestyle modifications to help you control your neuropathy.

For example, spinal cord stimulation sends mild electrical impulses through your spinal cord, which disrupt the pain signals transmitted by your damaged nerves. You might also benefit from using a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit to deliver a gentle electrical current to your nerves.

Physical therapy helps you improve your muscle strength and balance, which can reduce your risk of falling. Eating a nutritious, balanced diet that includes sufficient levels of vitamin B12 can improve and protect your nerve health. If you have diabetes, following a healthy diet and managing your disease can reduce your risk of nerve damage.

If you have pain or numbness in your hands or feet, call the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management or schedule an appointment online to get the help you need to maintain a healthy, active, and pain-free life.