The term neuropathy refers to conditions where nerves aren’t sending messages correctly between the brain and body. It also includes conditions where the two parts of the body’s nervous system can’t correctly communicate with each other.
Nerves are like tiny electrical cords that send sensations and muscle control commands from the brain and spinal column to the most delicate points of your fingers and toes. And just like electrical cords, nerves can be damaged by being cut or compressed (as in sciatica or nerve entrapment). This can interrupt communication between the brain, nervous system and the rest of the body, causing neuropathy.
When neuropathy interrupts nerve communication, it can be painful. Certain types of neuropathy – like peripheral neuropathy (neuropathy in the hands and feet) – can make it hard to use your limbs the way you usually do.
At Aurora, we offer advanced diagnosis and treatment for neuropathic conditions. Our experienced team of neurologists will work with you to create a treatment plan that is both effective and right for you.
When you’re dealing with neuropathic pain, you need answers – and relief. Our neurology medical experts take the time to listen, investigate the cause of the pain and recommend the best treatment options for you – so you can feel better faster and get back to the things you love.
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Neuropathy often affects the nerves in your hands and feet. It can spread to your arms and legs, too. The most common symptoms of neuropathy are:
More severe neuropathy may cause problems with coordination or stumbling. When neuropathy affects the nerves that control the muscles (motor neuropathy), it can weaken or paralyze them. Learn more about neuromuscular disorders.
Conditions that frequently cause neuropathy include:
Neuropathy’s telltale signs of tingling and numbness are a good reason to make an appointment with us.
At your appointment, your doctor will discuss any other symptoms you may be having, as well as potential causes of your neuropathy. You may also have in-office tests like X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These tests can often show how far nerve damage has progressed.
To understand more about your nerve pathways, your neurologist may want to conduct additional tests such as an electrodiagnostic tests. These tests use your body’s natural electrical activity to check muscle and nerve function.
These tests include:
Since neuropathy can be caused by a variety of thing, treatment varies based on the patient’s specific needs. Your primary care doctor or neurologist will be able to determine which treatment might be best for you. Here are some of the treatment options you provider might recommend.