As many as 20 million people in the United States may struggle with the symptoms of neuropathy. The experienced pain specialists at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona (PISA) offer innovative options for alleviating pain, numbness, and weakness associated with neuropathy at each of their offices throughout Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Safford, Benson and Willcox. Treatments include physical therapy and nerve stimulation therapy to improve your mobility and restore your quality of life. Find out more about treating neuropathy pain and other symptoms by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online.
Neuropathy is a condition that develops when your peripheral nervous system is damaged. This system includes the nerves that travel from your brain and spinal cord to the other parts of your body.
Damage to the peripheral nervous system can be the result of direct trauma or due to underlying medical conditions, such as:
Sometimes lifestyle choices, like excessive alcohol use, can cause nerve damage that leads to neuropathy.
The peripheral nervous system influences many of your body’s major functions, and any damage to the nerves can result in a wide range of symptoms that vary from person to person.
In many cases, numbness and tingling develop in your arms and legs as well as pain, which can range from a mild ache to severe, debilitating pain. Other common symptoms of neuropathy include:
Neuropathy can also affect your heart rate and blood pressure or cause dysfunction in your digestive system.
During your initial evaluation, your Pain Institute of Southern Arizona (PISA) provider reviews your medical history and current symptoms to determine the cause of your pain. If they suspect peripheral neuropathy, your provider performs a physical exam to evaluate your flexibility, strength, coordination, and sensitivity to touch.
Imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, can help rule out other conditions that cause pain. In some cases, you may need blood work to identify vitamin deficiencies or an underlying disease that may cause nerve damage leading to neuropathy.
Your provider creates a treatment plan that focuses on your symptoms and their severity. Medications may be useful in relieving pain or muscle spasms that can result from neuropathy.
In some cases, you may need physical therapy to regain your coordination and balance. Physical therapy exercises can also strengthen muscles and help alleviate chronic pain.
The team also offers on-site nerve stimulation therapy, which uses low-voltage currents of electricity to block pain signals from reaching the brain.
If you have pain and other symptoms of neuropathy, don’t delay getting an evaluation. Schedule a consultation with the experts at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona (PISA) by phone or requesting an appointment online.