Your peripheral nerves are the ones outside of the brain and spinal cord. Their job is to carry information between the brain and body, which is what allows your various bodily parts to function and gives you your ability to move your various muscles. Like any other part of the body, the peripheral nerves can cause problems if they’re damaged. If Dr. Rozenberg finds a problem with the peripheral nerves, she’ll quickly create a treatment plan for relieving the pain and reversing the damage. Get in touch with her today to schedule a consultation.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy refers to any situation where the peripheral nerves have been damaged in any way, causing weakness, numbing, and pain in various parts of the body. This damage can be the result of an injury, of course, but it might also be the ultimate result of an infection, metabolic problems, and exposure to toxins. There are even some potential causes of peripheral neuropathy that can be passed down from parent to child, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Diabetes is a particularly common cause, with more than half of all people with diabetes eventually suffering from some type of neuropathy.
If you don’t address your peripheral neuropathy, you might experience the following complications:
Parts of your body may not register temperature changes or pain anymore, which can put you at risk for burns and skin trauma.
Areas that have become numb may be injured without you realizing it, and as a result, infections that would otherwise have been preventable might occur.
You may find yourself losing your balance and falling down more often.
What are the Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?
The symptoms you experience during peripheral neuropathy largely depends on exactly which nerves were damaged. That said, potential warning signs often include the following:
Hands and feet gradually becoming numb or overcome with a prickling or tingling sensation that spreads to the legs and arms.
A recurring sharp, jabbing, throbbing, or burning pain in a specific area.
Parts of the body becoming very sensitive to touch.
Unusual pain that normally shouldn’t occur, such as having your feet hurt every time you stand up and put pressure on them.
An overall lack of coordination and a tendency to fall down more often.
An odd sensation as if you’re wearing gloves or socks.
Paralysis in specific areas of the body depending on which motor nerves are affected.
How Can Peripheral Neuropathy Be Treated?
Here at the Spine and Disc Center, Dr. Rozenberg always prescribes therapies that are specifically designed with the patient’s unique needs in mind. For example, we can offer non-surgical spinal decompression. Simply put, we gently stretch the spine, taking the pressure off of the spinal discs that might be damaging the nearby nerves. Spinal decompression may be used alongside other forms of treatment depending on your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your visit so that you fully understand the nature of your particular disease!