Neuropathy

Neuropathy, commonly called peripheral neuropathy in the medical field, refers to the disease, condition or dysfunction of one or a set of several peripheral nerves, often resulting into numbness or weakness. At American Pain Experts, we are a team providing you with unmatched access to medically proven as well as cutting edge, combined with unequaled creative preventive and curative processes, aimed at optimal as well as enduring results to all our neuropathy patients. Before we get into our service charter it is crucial that you understand all about neuropathy. The peripheral nerves are a part of the larger peripheral nervous system that is responsible for relaying of messages or information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the other parts of the body. Peripheral neuropathy can be as a result of severe and traumatic injuries, severe infections, metabolic issues, other inherited causes and also exposure to toxins. All these would disrupt the normal functioning of the peripheral nervous system resulting into some notable symptoms of neuropathy:

  • Exhibiting numbness and tingling sensation in your feet or hands, which could gradually spread into the legs and arms
  • A sharp, jabbing or burning pain
  • Deep sensitivity to touch
  • Loss of proper coordination and falling
  • Weakness of the muscles
  • Intolerance to heat and altered sweating
  • Bowel, bladder or even digestive problems
  • Blood pressure shifts, leading to dizziness

Some of the commonly listed causes that lead to peripheral neuropathy are: Auto-immune diseases: These are comprised of Sjogren’s syndrome, Guillain-Barre syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and necrotizing vasculitis among others. Exposure to poisons: Exposure to toxic substances like heavy metals or chemicals. Medications: Administration of certain medications, specifically those used to treat cancer (chemotherapy) may, in some cases cause neuropathy. Infections: Some of the causative infections are the common viral or bacterial infections, like shingles (varicella-zoster), Lyme disease, leprosy, Epstein-Barr virus, diphtheria, hepatitis C and HIV. Inherited disorders: These are genetically passed on disorders like Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and they are hereditary types of neuropathy. Trauma or pressure on the nerve: These cause significant damage to the peripheral nerves. They include motor vehicle accidents, falls or sports injuries. In addition, the pressure on the nerves can be a resultant effect of having a cast, using crutches or even repeating a single motion numerously, for instance typing. Since neuropathy is not a single disease, rather a combination of symptoms resulting from nerve damages, our team of experienced kinesiologists and chiropractors will perform several diagnoses to determine the exact causes of each symptom. This can be achieved by:

  • Obtaining a full medical history
  • Performing neurological examinations
  • Interpreting your MRI scans
  • Performing nerve and skin biopsies

Treatment and prevention is usually a joint task between the care-giver and the patient. Some of the preventive and curative treatment procedures that we offer could be either: 1. Medications e.g. pain relievers, anti-seizure medications, capsaicin as well as antidepressants OR 2. Therapies e.g. transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, Plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin, Physical therapy and surgery.