More than 20 million Americans have neuropathy and live with symptoms such as numbness, muscle weakness, and pain. Board-certified physiatrist Daniel Nemeth, MD, and the team at Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC serving the Charleston community in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, offer expert diagnosis and treatment of neuropathy to restore your health and quality of life. Call the practice today to schedule a consultation if you have any neuropathy symptoms.
Your peripheral nervous system includes all of the nerves that extend out from your spine and travel through your body. Neuropathy is a condition caused by damage to your peripheral nerves, including your motor, sensory, and autonomic nerves.
Diabetes is a leading cause of neuropathy, although you can also develop the condition following a traumatic injury, infection, or autoimmune disease. Vascular health problems, hormonal imbalances, and kidney and liver problems can also cause neuropathy.
Neuropathy symptoms range in severity and depend on the affected nerve. The condition typically affects your hands or feet, causing symptoms that can include:
If neuropathy affects your autonomic nerves, you might have other symptoms such as digestive problems, abnormal blood pressure, or trouble regulating your body temperature.
When unmanaged, neuropathy increases your risk of falling, developing ulcers, and other potentially dangerous complications. Fortunately, with expert treatment you can manage your symptoms and reduce your risk of complications.
Dr. Nemeth begins with a comprehensive consultation to confirm that neuropathy is the root cause of your symptoms. He reviews your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle factors and completes a physical exam to test for nerve damage.
Dr. Nemeth also uses lab tests, electromyography, and nerve conduction studies to diagnose neuropathy. These tests help Dr. Nemeth locate your nerve damage and evaluate its severity.
After confirming your diagnosis, Dr. Nemeth tailors a personalized treatment plan to address your needs. Your program could include:
In addition to treatments to numb or block painful nerve signals caused by neuropathy, you can take steps to heal or control the condition causing your nerve damage.
For example, if you have diabetes, you should work with your primary care provider or endocrinologist to get your blood sugar levels under control and reduce your risk of further nerve damage or complications.
Call Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC today to make an appointment for expert diagnosis and customized treatment for neuropathy.