Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder that occurs when these nerves malfunction because they're damaged or destroyed. This disrupts the nerves’ normal functioning. They might send signals of pain when there’s nothing causing pain, or they might not send a pain signal even if something is harming you. This can be due to:
• an injury
• systemic illness
• an infection
• an inherited disorder
HOW IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will first conduct a physical exam. Other tests such as blood tests and CT scan will help in ruling out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms. Nerve biopsy may be needed along with electromyography and nerve conduction study for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY TREATED?
Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy aims at addressing the underlying cause. Over the counter pain medication is given for symptomatic relief. Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation and wearing of ergonomic casts and splints are treatment options for Peripheral Neuropathy
DID YOU KNOW?
Alternative care like chiropractic care and acupuncture may provide relief from symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy