Neuropathy Specialist

North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center

Addiction Medicine, Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, & Pain Management & Pain Management Specialists located in Rowlett, TX & Sherman, TX

Neuropathy affects an estimated 25%-30% of people in the United States. At North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center in Rowlett and Sherman, Texas, Sreenadha Vattam, MD, and their team treat neuropathy symptoms regardless of their underlying cause or lack of a cause. To explore your treatment options for peripheral neuropathy, request an appointment at either location over the phone or online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is nerve damage resulting in widespread symptoms like numbness or weakness. It’s also called peripheral neuropathy because it only affects your peripheral nerves, which aren’t part of the brain or spinal cord. Your peripheral nerves pick up sensory input, like pain or the sensation of touch, and send it to your brain.

Neuropathy can affect just one nerve, or it can affect many throughout your body. If you have neuropathy, symptoms you might experience include:

  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness
  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Throbbing pain
  • Burning sensation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sweating
  • Muscle cramps or spasms

Sometimes, neuropathy resolves itself. In other cases, it requires management to prevent it from getting worse with time. It can develop slowly over the course of months or years, or it can appear and worsen rapidly.

What causes neuropathy?

Many conditions and circumstances can cause neuropathy, and North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center works with you to find out why you have it. 

By far, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes glucose (sugar) to build up in your blood, which can cause extensive nerve damage if you don’t manage it with lifestyle changes, taking insulin, or doing both. 

Most often, diabetes causes a type of neuropathy characterized by tingling in the hands and feet.

Besides diabetes, possible causes of neuropathy include:

  • Nerve trauma from injuries
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Kidney and liver disorders
  • Certain medications
  • Cancer treatments (radiation and chemotherapy)
  • Toxic substances (heavy metals and chemicals)
  • Alcoholism

Sometimes, neuropathy appears with no identifiable cause. Fortunately, there are still options for treatment.

How can I manage my neuropathy?

Treating neuropathy often requires you to treat the underlying cause. For example, you can manage neuropathy from diabetes by controlling your blood sugar with a healthy diet and insulin if your physician prescribes it.

North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center offers various treatments and procedures to reduce neuropathy symptoms regardless of the cause. Your customized treatment plan might include:

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications (e.g., antidepressants, anti-seizure medications)

Surgery is rarely necessary for neuropathy, but there are surgical techniques available to release pressure on certain nerves and reduce symptoms of neuropathy. However, non-surgical approaches are the first line of treatment and are usually effective in offering relief. 

For more information about neuropathy and the treatments available for your symptoms, call North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center or request an appointment online today.