Peripheral Neuropathy

woman-grabbing-footPeripheral Neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves outside the central nervous system become injured or damaged.  This includes the nerves in the legs, feet, arms, hands and shoulders.  Symptoms can include mild to severe pain, numbness, tingling, shooting, electric pain or prickling sensation in the fingers, hands, arms, legs, feet or toes. There may also be burning sensations, sensitivity to touch and a lack of coordination.  People generally describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.

Peripheral Neuropathy can result from problems such as trauma, infections, chemical or toxic injury, systemic illness, or metabolic problems. The most common type of peripheral neuropathy is caused by diabetes and affects the feet or hands.  Elevation in blood sugar causes a toxic effect on the peripheral nerves as well as circulation.

Whether this condition occurs sporadically or becomes a chronic issue, this condition can progressively worsen over time.  Thus it is important that patients receive an accurate diagnosis of their neurological symptoms.

Here at Healthy Connection Physical Medicine, our team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to finding the cause of your peripheral neuropathy through advanced diagnostic techniques. These techniques include Nerve Conduction Velocity testing (NCV) which pinpoints the source of pain using electrical stimulation.  This allows our doctors to utilize the best in diagnostic testing to gauge the level of nerve damage and offer treatments dedicated to alleviating nerve pain.

If you believe you may be suffering with peripheral neuropathy or you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below please call 815-834-9075 Today to schedule your FREE evaluation and screening.

 

SYMPTOMS:

  • Difficulty moving extremities
  • Fatigue, as a result of insomnia from restless legs or pain into the feet and legs
  • Freezing pain or burning sensation
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Sharp, Jabbing pain