Your peripheral nerves serve as the communication system between your brain, spine, and the rest of your body. You have control over some of the nerves, while you don’t have control over others. If you’re experiencing strange sensations or your body isn’t reacting as it normally would, it’s possible your peripheral nerves have been damaged, which is a condition referred to as neuropathy. At Restoration Healthcare in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, the innovative regenerative and integrative medicine team can determine if you’re suffering from neuropathy and develop a plan to help you manage the condition. For an evaluation, call the office or book online today.
Neuropathy, also referred to as peripheral neuropathy, refers to disease or damage that affects the normal functioning of your peripheral nerves.
These nerves, which extend out from your spinal canal, relay information from your body back to your spine and brain to carry out various functions. Your peripheral nerves include:
These nerves provide information related to sensation, including hot, cold, and pain.
These nerves control muscle movement.
These nerves control unconscious body functions, such as breathing and digestion.
Neuropathy can affect any type of nerve in your body, and it can cause an array of symptoms.
You can develop neuropathy from an underlying health condition or from an injury. Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy in the United States.
Poor blood sugar control damages the tiny nerve endings, leading to alterations in signaling and the development of diabetic neuropathy.
Neuropathy symptoms vary depending on the type of nerve affected. Common symptoms include:
Neuropathy can affect more than one type of nerve, which means you can experience more than one symptom.
The team at Restoration Healthcare conducts a comprehensive examination to diagnose neuropathy. The team not only wants to determine if you have neuropathy, but also find the affected nerve or nerves.
During your examination, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history and conducts a physical exam.
The team may also request diagnostic testing to identify the affected nerve and the severity of the damage, such as nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test or electromyography (EMG).
Treatment for your neuropathy may depend on the nerves affected, your symptoms, and your overall health. The goal of your treatment is to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Your neuropathy treatment may include:
Neuropathy is a common condition that can affect your quality of life. To learn more about your treatment options, contact Restoration Healthcare by phone or online today.