When you suffer an injury, nerves send warning messages in the form of pain to your brain, but with neuropathy, the pain is coming from the nerves themselves. If you have neuropathic pain, board-certified specialist Aarti Singla, MD, MBA, at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Liberty Township and Cincinnati, Ohio, can help. Dr. Singla uses a variety of treatments to help with neuropathy, including physical therapy, steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, and peripheral nerve stimulation. To benefit from her expertise, call Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, or book an appointment online today.
Neuropathy is a term for damage to one or more of your nerves or the effects of certain nerve diseases.
There are several types, including mononeuropathy, which affects a single nerve, and peripheral neuropathy, which causes symptoms in places like your arms or legs. As well as pain, neuropathy can produce other altered sensations, including numbness, tingling or "pins-and-needles," weakness, and burning or prickling feelings.
Neuropathy may result from nerve compression or irritation or a malfunction in the nerve that causes it to transmit pain signals even when there's no physical damage. Surgery, serious infections, and trauma are some of the other possible causes of neuropathy. Diseases that commonly result in peripheral neuropathy include:
One type of neuropathy Dr. Singla sees is peroneal neuropathy, which typically results from compression of your knee's peroneal nerve. It can cause symptoms similar to sciatica, such as loss of sensation on the outer part of the leg and the top of the foot and problems lifting the foot (foot drop).
To diagnose neuropathy, Dr. Singla performs a detailed physical examination after discussing your symptoms with you and looking at your medical history. She might also need to do blood tests to check for underlying diseases like diabetes.
Nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG) can often be helpful in diagnosing peripheral neuropathy. These tests measure how efficiently your nerves are working.
It's quite often the case that there's no identifiable explanation for the cause of neuropathy, in which case it's termed idiopathic.
Treatment for neuropathy at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine begins with determining the underlying cause and treating it wherever possible. That may mean managing your diabetes more effectively or taking medication to compensate for an underactive thyroid gland.
Depending on the type of symptoms you're experiencing and their severity, other potential treatments might include:
Peripheral nerve stimulation and spinal cord stimulation use electrical signals to interfere with the pain messages going from the affected nerves to your brain. These technologies require the implantation of a small unit under your skin that you control with a hand-held device.
Finding out why you have neuropathy may not always be possible, but Dr. Singla can still treat your condition and restore your quality of life with her expertise in pain medicine. To schedule a consultation, call Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today or book an appointment online.