Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder that results in pain and other unpleasant sensations, and in some cases, a loss of feeling. If you have a condition like diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or an attack of shingles that has caused postherpetic neuralgia, the specialists at Gardner Orthopedics in Fort Myers, Florida, can help. They offer a comprehensive range of treatments for peripheral neuropathy, including medications and regenerative medicine therapies. The office also takes patients from the nearby counties of Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte, and Sarasota. Call the office today or book online to learn more about treatment for peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition affecting your peripheral nerves. These are the nerves that spread out from your spinal cord and range throughout your body. Neuropathy is a type of pain that arises because there’s a problem with your nerves.
Usually, pain is a signal that something is wrong; an injury or disease needs attention. Without pain, you wouldn’t realize if you cut yourself or broke a bone, which could prove to be potentially life-threatening if left untreated. The nerves themselves generate neuropathic pain, rather than it being a sign of damaged tissues.
In addition to pain, peripheral neuropathy can cause sensations such as:
You might also experience hyperalgesia, where something that would normally cause mild pain provokes a severe reaction; or allodynia, where the slightest touch can cause pain.
Peripheral neuropathy can arise because of physical trauma, tissue compression, or hormonal disorders. It’s also a common complication of numerous diseases, including:
Sometimes neuropathy develops after you’ve had an infectious disease or a severe bout of an illness like pneumonia. Alcoholism, nutritional deficiencies, poisoning, and repetitive stress can also trigger neuropathy.
One of the most widespread forms of the condition is diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which primarily affects your feet. This condition can cause numbness, which might mean you don’t notice injuries on your feet.
Without treatment, foot injuries in people who have diabetes can become infected or even ulcerous, and in severe cases can result in the loss of your foot.
First, your provider needs to determine the cause of your peripheral neuropathy. After assessing your condition with a physical exam at your consultation, your provider typically uses electromyograms (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity tests to evaluate your nerve function.
Currently, there is no cure for peripheral neuropathy. The symptoms are commonly treated with antidepressant or anticonvulsant medications that do not resolve the numbness, discomfort, or balance issues associated with the disease. Bone marrow aspirate (BMA) that includes nucleated cells is showing promise in treating this condition.
BMA contains proteins that support the growth of neurons and blood vessels that are important for the healing, growth, and development of healthy nerves. Also, BMA can produce immune modulator substances that can reverse damage to nerves.
To find out how to reduce the pain and disability caused by your peripheral neuropathy, call Gardner Orthopedics today or book an appointment online.