Carolinas Health and Wellness LLC

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetics located in Rock Hill, SC

Neuropathy (permanent nerve damage) affects 25-30% of Americans, but it’s especially common in people aged 65 and older. At Carolinas Health and Wellness, primary care specialist Dr. Kristy Alamadine, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, offers comprehensive neuropathy care to assist people experiencing pain, mobility, and balance issues. To make an appointment, call the practice in Rock Hill, South Carolina, or click the online scheduling feature today.

Neuropathy Q & A

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What is neuropathy?

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. 

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Tingling or prickling sensations in your hands or feet
  • Sharp, throbbing, or burning pain
  • Loss of coordination
  • Stumbling or falling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Increased sensitivity to touch

As neuropathy gets worse, you might also experience the sensation you’re wearing socks or gloves even when you’re not.

When should I see a medical specialist about neuropathy?

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.

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Untreated diabetes
  • Infections
  • Inherited conditions 
  • Bone marrow abnormalities

You’re also more likely to experience neuropathy if you have a chronic medical condition like liver disease, kidney disease, or thyroid disorder.

How is neuropathy diagnosed?

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.

How is neuropathy treated?

Carolinas Health and Wellness offers several cutting-edge treatments for neuropathy, including:

Acoustic shock wave therapy

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 with an LED light

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.

PRP Therapy

PRP therapy is a non-surgical procedure that treats the underlying causes of pain. A PRP treatment can be injected in and around the injured tissues to help accelerate healing and relieve acute and chronic pain from neuropathy.

Vitamin Injection

Weekly vitamin injections help hydrate nerve ending by providing oxygenated blood and nutrients to weaken nerves. Vitamin injections also aid in decreasing inflammation and discomfort due to neuropathy.  
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