Research compiled by the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy suggests that nearly 30 million Americans are living with some form of peripheral neuropathy, although many are unaware they have the condition. For those living in or around Louisville, Kentucky, John R Baird, MD, of Rejuv Medical Louisville is a valuable resource in treating this serious medical condition. Learn more during a personalized consultation, which you can request online or over the phone today.
Neuropathy refers to nerve damage. Your nervous system comprises your central nervous system and your peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system includes your brain and spinal cord and acts as a sort of hub for all of your nerve function.
Your peripheral nervous system includes all of the nerve pathways that run throughout the rest of your body. These nerves transmit signals to and from your brain. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when your nerve cells sustain damage, preventing signals from transmitting properly.
Sometimes only one nerve is affected, while in other cases, some or many nerves suffer damage. Neuropathy can occur in your sensory nerves, motor nerves, or autonomic nerves.
Neuropathy is a common condition, but the symptoms are not always clear. Some things to keep an eye out for include:
Everyone experiences occasional nerve pain, but when these symptoms linger for more than a few days or seem to come and go over time, it’s important to seek professional evaluation.
Dr. Baird screens for signs of diabetes and autoimmune disease. He also reviews your medical history to learn if you’ve had chemotherapy, take drugs to lower cholesterol, have a history with alcohol use or have a history of neck or back problems. All of these factors can increase your risk of neuropathy.
Rejuv Medical Louisville treats hundreds of patients living with neuropathy. You receive a customized treatment plan to suit your exact set of needs. That plan might change over time, depending on how your body responds.
Medications might play a role in treating peripheral neuropathy; some alter the pathway that communicates pain.
Physical therapy can help by strengthening your body and improving balance and range of motion. Occupational therapy helps you learn coping skills for pain and changes in your level of function.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can treat neuropathy by using a carefully controlled electrical current to disrupt pain signals between body and brain. The system uses adhesive electrodes and an external control device that allows you to choose how much current to deliver and when.
Lifestyle modifications are also a powerful way to improve peripheral neuropathy. Improving your diet, getting plenty of rest, avoiding stress, and limiting alcohol consumption are all great places to start.
When you’re ready to learn more about treating peripheral neuropathy, call Rejuv Medical Louisville or request an appointment online.