Neuropathy Specialist

New Hope Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Elkin, NC

You don’t have to suffer through neuropathy pain. At New Hope Pain Management in Elkin, North Carolina, The practice can ease your pain and improve your quality of life so you can return to the activities you enjoy. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a chronic condition that results from damaged or diseased nerves in your body. Peripheral neuropathy, a common form of neuropathy, alters the way your nervous system sends information from your spinal cord and brain to the rest of your body.

Other forms of neuropathy include autonomic neuropathy, which affects nerves that control involuntary body functions, and cranial neuropathy, which affects nerves within the brain.

Some common causes of neuropathy include:

  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Tumors
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Alcoholism
  • Genetic disorders
  • Certain medications
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Diabetes is a common cause of peripheral neuropathy. In fact, it’s estimated that 60-70% of people with diabetes have this condition.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Symptoms from neuropathy depend on which nerves are affected. You may experience the following symptoms:

  • Stabbing, sharp, or throbbing pain
  • Prickling, tingling, or numbness in hands, feet, or limbs
  • Freezing or burning pain
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Falling or lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Changes in sweating or heat intolerance
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Digestive, bladder, or bowel problems

If you experience any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with the practice right away so they can determine what’s causing it. They'll ask about your medical history and complete a neurological examination.

The physician may also take a nerve or skin biopsy and order lab, imaging tests, or nerve-function tests.

What is the treatment for neuropathy?

After a full evaluation, the physician will go over treatment options with you to determine a plan that best matches your needs and comfort level. They may recommend:

  • Pain-relieving, anti-seizure, or antidepressant medications
  • Therapeutic nerve block injections
  • Topical treatments
  • Healthy lifestyle changes
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Surgery in severe cases

The physician will usually suggest the least invasive options first. However, sometimes surgery is the best option to making you pain free.

When you’re ready to get rid of your neuropathy pain and get back to the activities you enjoy, call New Hope Pain Management or book an appointment online.