If you’re experiencing pain or a tingling sensation in your hands or feet, you may have neuropathy, or damage to your peripheral nerves. Starting treatment early may help prevent progression of the condition. Metro Denver Pain Management, with an office in Evergreen, Colorado, specializes in the management and treatment of neuropathic pain and can help you. Call today for a consultation or book an appointment using the online booking button.
Frequently Asked Questions
Neuropathy, also referred to as peripheral neuropathy, is a condition that damages the nerves that send the messages from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. Your peripheral nerve damage can have any number of causes, including infection, injury, or an inherited condition.
Certain health conditions may increase your risk of developing neuropathy, including diabetes, alcoholism, and kidney disease.
Symptoms of neuropathy vary depending on the type of nerves damaged.
- Sensory Nerves: Your sensory nerves are responsible for providing pain, temperature, vibration, and touch sensations from your skin. If these nerves are damaged, you may begin to feel -
- Numbness, pain, or tingling
- Sensitivity to touch
- Freezing or burning pain
These symptoms usually develop over a long period of time and most often affect the extremities, including the hands and feet.
- Motor Nerves: Your motor nerves control the actions of your muscles. Damage to these nerves may cause muscle weakness, lack of coordination, or frequent falls.
- Autonomic Nerves: The autonomic nerves manage all the functions in your body you don’t think about, such as digestion, blood pressure, and the beating of your heart. If your autonomic nerves are damaged, you may experience a change in bowel or bladder habits, uncontrollable sweating, or blood pressure changes that make you feel dizzy.
Metro Denver Pain Management takes a multidisciplinary approach to the management of neuropathy, which includes treating the underlying cause of the damage along with the symptoms. As experts in pain control, your specialist may focus care on finding a treatment that reduces pain and the related symptoms.
Your treatment may include:
- Prescription medication to provide pain relief
- Topical pain creams for targeted relief
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Your pain specialist may also refer you to physical therapy if you’re experiencing muscle weakness. In addition to providing you with exercises to improve strength, your physical therapist may also recommend assistive devices, such as braces or canes, to reduce your risk of a fall.