Neuropathy is known for causing pain, tingling, and numbness, but you can experience many different symptoms depending on the nerve that’s damaged. At Integrity Pain Consultants, experienced pain specialist Kenneth Homolya, MD, has extensive experience diagnosing the cause of neuropathy and providing customized treatment that alleviates your pain. To learn more about your treatment options, call one of their five offices in Hermitage, Nashville, Hendersonville, or Cookeville, Tennessee, or schedule an appointment online today.
Neuropathy refers to any disease or injury that affects your nerves. When most people refer to neuropathy, however, they specifically mean peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy includes any problem with the nerves outside your spinal cord and brain.
You can develop neuropathy due to an injury or many possible health conditions. Some of the most common causes of neuropathy include:
Of all the possible causes, diabetes accounts for more cases of neuropathy than any other underlying condition.
Neuropathy causes a wide range of symptoms, depending on the type of nerve that’s damaged:
Classic nerve symptoms such as pain, tingling, burning, and numbness occur when a sensory nerve is damaged. Sensory nerves collect information about sensations such as temperature, pressure, and pain from all parts of your body and transmit the message to your brain.
Motor nerves carry messages from your brain to your muscles. Damaged motor nerves cause muscle-related symptoms such as cramps, weakness, and degeneration.
Autonomic nerves regulate organs and vital body functions such as your heart rate, digestion, and respiration. When an autonomic nerve is damaged, your symptoms depend on the organ that’s associated with the damaged nerve.
Your comprehensive care at Integrity Pain Consultants begins with a review of your medical history, a thorough examination, and lab tests if needed to verify an existing medical condition. If an underlying problem is found, the first step is to treat that problem.
For relief from ongoing nerve pain, Integrity Pain Consultants develops a multimodal treatment plan that’s customized to meet your needs. Your treatment may include components drawn from:
Physical medicine uses treatments such as physical therapy, bracing, and nutrition to relieve your pain and improve mobility.
Interventional procedures relieve neuropathic pain by blocking the nerves sending pain messages to your brain. Integrity Pain Consultants specializes in many types of interventional therapies, such as spinal cord stimulation, radiofrequency ablation, and various types of nerve blocks.
Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells activate healing, regulate inflammation, and regenerate the new cells you need to heal.
For expert help to relieve the pain of neuropathy, call the Integrity Pain Consultants office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.