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Peripheral Neuropathy

Rincon Pain and Spine -  - Pain Management Practice

Rincon Pain and Spine

Pain Management Practice located in Tucson, AZ

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when there’s miscommunication between the central nervous system and your limbs and digits. You experience pain, numbness, and tingling in your hands, feet, and sometimes other parts of your body. The team of doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine in Tucson, Arizona, provides comprehensive treatment for the pain and dysfunction associated with peripheral neuropathy so you can get back to your daily activities and avoid any complications. Request a consultation by calling the office nearest you or by using the online booking tool today.

Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy results from damage to the nerves outside of your brain and spinal cord. You may experience burning or tingling in your extremities, a loss of sensation, and even weakness.

The doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine diagnose peripheral neuropathy after a physical exam and review of your medical history. They may conduct blood tests, imaging tests such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and, in some cases, a nerve biopsy to assess your condition and develop a treatment plan.

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy usually develops over time. Symptoms include:

  • Numbness or pins-and-needles sensations in your feet or hands that often radiate into your arms and legs
  • Lack of coordination
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Muscle weakness
  • Throbbing, jabbing pain

People with peripheral neuropathy have these sensations (or lack them) in the nerves of their extremities, such as their legs, hands, and feet.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Diabetes is a major cause of peripheral neuropathy. More than half of people with diabetes develop some form of neuropathy. Autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Sjogren’s syndrome, may be responsible for your neuropathy symptoms. Vitamin deficiencies, certain medications, infections, or inherited disorders are other possible causes.

How is neuropathy pain treated?

The doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine provide a comprehensive approach to treatment, using only the latest techniques to combat the pain and dysfunction associated with peripheral neuropathy.

The doctors may use ultrasound-guided nerve injections that allow them to inject medication precisely and closely to the affected nerves, effectively disrupting pain signals that would otherwise be sent to your brain. Physical therapy can restore function and help you overcome weakness. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) involves delivering gentle electric currents to the nerves targeted for pain relief.

You may also benefit from transforaminal injections, which are long-acting steroids directed into the opening at the side of the spine where the nerve exits. The steroid reduces inflammation and swelling to help limit pain and numbness.

If you suffer from symptoms and pain associated with peripheral neuropathy, seek treatment from Rincon Pain and Spine. Call the office nearest you for an appointment or request your consultation online.