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Neuropathy

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is the term used to describe a problem with the nerves, usually the ‘peripheral nerves’ (hands and feet) as opposed to the ‘central nervous system’ (the brain and spinal cord).

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body.

What causes it?

Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.

Symptoms

  • Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, which may spread upward into your legs and arms
  • Sharp, jabbing or burning pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Lack of coordination and falling
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected

If autonomic nerves are affected, signs and symptoms may include:

  • Heat intolerance and altered sweating
  • Bowel, bladder or digestive problems
  • Changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness

Treatment

Treatments are tailored to fit each individual’s problem, we have a variety of tests that we perform in order to determine what is the right option for each patient. Our treatment services include:


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