Neuropathy describes damage to the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord (the peripheral nervous system). Typically, it affects the extremities, like the hands and feet, but it can also impact bodily functions like digestion or circulation.
Your nerves play a crucial role in gathering information from your brain and sending it to other parts of your body. If they’re damaged, you’re more likely to experience potentially serious medical issues. Though there’s no cure for neuropathy, early intervention and treatment can reduce the risk of complications and help you feel better.
Symptoms of neuropathy include:
As neuropathy gets worse, you might also experience the sensation you’re wearing socks or gloves even when you’re not.
Make an appointment at Carolinas Health and Wellness if you experience any unusual tingling, burning, or numbness in your hands or feet. The sooner you receive a diagnosis, the sooner you can take steps to reduce the risk of complications and protect your peripheral nerves.
Neuropathy occurs for various reasons, including:
You’re also more likely to experience neuropathy if you have a chronic medical condition like liver disease, kidney disease, or thyroid disorder.
Your Carolinas Health and Wellness provider conducts a physical exam and reviews your health history to diagnose neuropathy.
Then, they order a series of tests, including blood work, imaging tests, and a nerve function study. Blood work can rule out underlying conditions like a hormonal imbalance or a vitamin deficiency. A nerve function study assesses the electrical activity of your muscles to diagnose nerve damage.
If you have neuropathy, your Carolinas Health and Wellness provider develops a custom treatment plan.
Carolinas Health and Wellness offers several cutting-edge treatments for neuropathy, including:
Acoustic shock wave therapy is a noninvasive procedure that involves your provider directing high-frequency pressure waves at your damaged nerves. The pressure waves increase circulation to the area, stimulating your body’s healing process.
Light therapy uses a special LED light to encourage angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels). A series of light therapy treatments can increase circulation to your extremities, ensuring your nerves receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen to function optimally.
If you’re concerned about your risk of neuropathy, make an appointment at Carolinas Health and Wellness by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.