It’s believed that about 20 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy. What is this condition that affects so many people and can cause a loss of sensation or feeling in the extremities? From the office of your Los Angeles, Ca and Memphis, TN podiatrist Dr. Nathan Lucas, find out more about this often chronic disorder and what we can do to help.
What is peripheral neuropathy?
This condition causes damage to the peripheral nervous system, which sends signals from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. If you have peripheral neuropathy you may experience some of these symptoms:
- Numbness or tingling of the extremities
- Muscle weakness
- Pricking sensation (paresthesia)
- Increased sensitivity to touch (may be too intense or even painful)
- Burning pain
- Sharp shooting pain
- Pins and needles
There are a variety of different kinds of peripheral neuropathies and so it’s important to seek medical attention to find out which kind you have so you can get the best and most effective treatment possible. Common causes of peripheral neuropathy are diabetes, chemotherapy, thyroid condition, medications, fibromyalgia, arthritis, poor circulation, liver problems, multiple sclerosis, nerve entrapment, nutritional deficiencies, and radiculopathy. If you start to experience any of the above symptoms in your feet then it’s time you visited your Los Angeles, Ca and Memphis, Tn foot and ankle doctor.
How can our Los Angeles, Ca and Memphis, Tn foot and ankle expert help your condition?
Nerve Reintegration Stimulation - A New Treatment for Neuropathy and Nerve Pain that Really Works!
Nerve reintegration stimulation is an exciting, new FDA approved neuropathy treatment with clinically documented results showing an overall 80-85% success rate in alleviating neuropathy and neuropathic pain!
Treatment effects will often lasting 6-12 months or more with some requiring periodic treatment to maintain their level of relief. Treatment consists of an advanced Electronic Signaling Technology (EST), combined with a series of nerve blocks. This device is starting to be used effectively for several conditions in pain management clinics around the country.
Currently, the most common treatment for neuropathy is with oral medications such as the anti-seizure medication Gabapentin, antidepressants or narcotics which help settle down or dulls nerve sensation. Unfortunately, these medications are not a cure and often have limited and many undesirable side effects.
We are now able to treat your neuropathy and alleviate your pain and numbness with a high success rate. Our neuropathy treatment plan can help improve sensation, help reduce or eliminate your need for oral medications and help prevent complications of neuropathy… while improving your quality of life!
Who Can Benefit from Neurogenx Treatments?
Neurogenx is used to treat the numbness or pain that may be associated with diabetes, post-chemotherapy, neuromuscular pain or disease, restless leg syndrome, post-surgery, secondary to injury, fibromyalgia, some autoimmune diseases, post-drug and alcohol use, and idiopathic (unexplained) neuropathy.
Typical neuropathy symptoms in your feet, legs or hands that the Neurogenx Treatments can help include: numbness, decreased sensation, hypersensitivity, tingling, burning, stinging, abnormal sensations, shooting or electric-shock type pain, cotton or bunched up sock sensation in the balls of your feet, loss of balance or coordination and muscle weakness.
Who Won’t Benefit from Neurogenx Neuropathy Treatments?
There is minimal or no benefit from this treatment if the source of your neuropathy is present. This includes diabetics with poor control of blood sugars, pain caused by a bulging or ruptured disk that’s compressing a nerve, permanent nerve damage, currently on chemotherapy, taking certain medications or drugs that are causing your neuropathy. Also it cannot be used on patients who use electrical medical devices, such as an “on-demand” type pacemaker or defibrillator, implanted pain pumps or stimulators, or women who are currently pregnant.
How Does The Neurogenx Nerve Treatment Work?
A special Electrical Signal Treatment (EST) is applied via electrodes to your legs and feet (or arms and hands). This is combined with local anesthetic nerve blocks that helps drive the electrical stimulation into the nerves. This treatment not only helps stop neuropathy from getting worse, but actually improves nerve function in most patients with clinical studies showing an 80-85% success rate
If you’ve been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy of the feet or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with us right away. If you have peripheral neuropathy it’s important that you examine your feet each day to check for other issues that may arise such as an open wound, sore or infection. By inspecting your feet each day you can protect against injuries or other complications.
You should also opt for shoes that give your feet room to move. Never go barefoot, as you can increase your chances of an injury. If you have also been diagnosed with diabetes you’ll need to monitor your blood sugar levels, as this can increase your chances of nerve damage. By taking the proper medication and by changing your lifestyle to include a healthier diet and more exercise you can prevent nerve damage in your feet.
It’s important to seek treatment for your neuropathy symptoms the minute they start. Call Dr. Lucas, the foot care expert in Los Angles, CA and Memphis, TN today!