The team at Associated Pain Specialists formulates a treatment plan that takes a holistic approach to treat your neuropathic pain. This is particularly true of one of the most common neuropathic conditions: diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
This condition tends to affect the feet or hands of people who have diabetes, causing a loss of sensation, pain, and tingling. APS utilizes regenerative medicine treatment plans to treat diabetic neuropathy. The first step is determine if your condition is one that our doctor will accept. Once the physician has evaluated your condition they will be able to create a treatment plan and tell you what your expected results will be and how much the treatment will cost. Most insurance is accepted and prior to any treatment an APS representative will review the exact cost of co-pays and deductibles prior to any treatment so you will never get a bill that you did not already know about in advance.
Neuropathy is a condition that affects the way your nerves function that can cause pain or numbness and tingling in your legs and feet. Call today to make an appointment to see if you can be helped with this painful condition. Robert Odell, MD, and the team at Associated Pain Specialists can help you with your neuropathy and provide the range of advanced treatments and support services you need. Call either the Knoxville or Johnson City, Tennessee, office today to make an appointment to see if you can be helped with this painful condition.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
The peripheral nervous system is a network of 43 pairs of motor and sensory nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the entire body. These nerves control functions of sensation, movement, and motor coordination. They are fragile and can be damaged easily.
Any damage to the peripheral nerves will interrupt communication between the brain and other parts of the body and can result in pain like symptoms, including:
- Pins and needles
- Numbness and tingling
- Loss of ability to detect temperature
- Increase pain OR inability to feel pain
- Stabbing, shooting pains
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle twitching or cramps
- Pain in feet associated applied pressure
These symptoms typically occur in the region where the peripheral nerve is damaged. It can be to a specific part of your body, for example, your hands and feet, or it can be experienced in the region of your body, for example, down your entire leg.
What causes neuropathy?
Certain medical conditions can cause neuropathy. Some causes may be “idiopathic” or unknown causes, while other causes are a result of a specific medication condition or injury. Examples include:
- Infections like shingles, HIV infection, Lyme disease, Hepatitis
- Chemo induced neuropathy
- Autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
- Post-stroke pain
- Chronic kidney disease
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hormonal disorders
- Connective tissue disorders
- Bone marrow disorders
- Cancer or tumors
You can also develop neuropathy if a nerve becomes trapped or compressed. Nerves can sometimes malfunction as a result of ingesting poison, having a nutrient deficiency, or even after having a serious infectious disease like pneumonia.
What treatments are there for neuropathy?
The team at Associated Pain Specialists formulates a treatment plan for you that takes a holistic approach to treat your neuropathic pain.
This is particularly true of one of the most common neuropathic conditions: diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This condition tends to affect the feet of people who have diabetes, causing a loss of sensation, pain, and tingling. Managing your diabetes through diet and exercise is the most effective way to reduce the effects of diabetic neuropathy.
Stress management is also crucial, as stress makes neuropathic pain worse. Relaxation, meditation, yoga, and tai chi are all great ways to manage stress. More advanced treatment options include nerve blocks, sinus, and spinal cord stimulation.
For expert help with your neuropathy, call Associated Pain Specialists today.
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