Neuropathy Awareness Week is May 13-17. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the network of nerves that transmits information from your brain to spinal cord known as the central nervous system. It often causes burning, weakness, numbness and a stabbing or shooting pain, usually located in your hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of your body. The causes of peripheral neuropathy can be things such as hormone imbalances, kidney conditions, shingles, vitamin deficiency or autoimmune diseases, but the number one cause of neuropathy is diabetes. According to The Neuropathy Association, there are now 15-18 million Americans with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Peripheral neuropathy symptoms can improve with time, especially if it is caused by a treatable condition.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Tingling/numbness sensation in toes or fingers
- Weakness in the arms or legs
- Sharp, stabbing pains
- Lack of coordination
- Digestion problems
- Sleep disturbance
If you or someone you know notices any unusual weakness, tingling, burning or pain in the hands or feet, contact your health care provider immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment offers the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves.
About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:
Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain. We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.
Phone: (615) 872-9966 http://www.sjnmr.com Fax: (615) 872-9967