The pain caused by neuropathy ranges from sudden and excruciating pain to a burning or pins-and-needles sensation. For many patients, what starts as occasional discomfort turns into a chronic pain condition. At American Pain Experts in Oakland Park within Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Neel Amin, MD, combines his expertise in pain medicine with comprehensive care that draws from interventional, regenerative, and physical medicine, giving each patient personalized treatment that relieves their pain. To get the help you need for neuropathy, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Though neuropathy generally refers to any injury or disease that affects your nerves, it’s commonly used to mean peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy encompasses any problem affecting the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord.
There are many possible causes of neuropathy. Some of the most common include:
Diabetes is the top cause of peripheral neuropathy. About 60-70% of people diagnosed with diabetes have mild-to-severe neuropathy that often affects their feet.
The symptoms you experience depend on whether a motor nerve, autonomic nerve, sensory nerve, or any combination of the three are damaged.
Damaged sensory nerves cause the symptoms most often associated with neuropathy: pain, tingling, burning, and numbness. Sensory nerves pick up information about sensations, such as pressure, temperature, and pain, and carry the message to your brain.
Motor nerves carry messages from your brain to your muscles. If a motor nerve is damaged, you develop muscle-related symptoms such as cramps, twitching, weakness, and atrophy.
These nerves regulate vital body functions such as your heart rate, respiration, and digestion. When neuropathy affects an autonomic nerve, your symptoms depend on the organ or function that’s controlled by the injured nerve.
Dr. Amin helps many patients overcome the pain and other symptoms of neuropathy with a treatment plan that draws from one or more of the following:
Interventional treatments such as spinal cord stimulation, sympathetic nerve blocks, and radiofrequency ablation effectively stop nerves from sending pain messages to your brain. As a result, your pain is significantly diminished.
Another type of interventional treatment called an epidural steroid injection combines anti-inflammatory steroids with a local anesthetic for long-lasting pain relief.
Peripheral nerves have the ability to heal and regenerate. Dr. Amin accelerates the process by injecting platelet-rich plasma and/or stem cells to boost healing, reduce inflammation, and support new nerve growth.
Dr. Amin provides comprehensive care with many types of treatments proven to relieve neuropathic pain. For example, your treatment may include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), physical therapy, and cold laser therapy.
If you struggle with the pain of neuropathy, call American Pain Experts or schedule an appointment online today.