Peripheral Neuropathy

Integrative Spine & Sports

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians & Pain Medicine Physicians located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

The human body contains 46 miles of nerves, and any damage to this extensive network falls under the heading of peripheral neuropathy. At Integrative Spine & Sports, Jose Juan Diaz, DO, and his team help patients in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who are struggling with peripheral neuropathy, with an eye toward preventing irreparable damage. To learn more, please call or use the online booking feature.

Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

From your body’s central nervous system — your brain and your spinal cord — 46 miles of nerves branch out to reach almost every square inch of your body, providing you with sensation, motor skills, and function. In fact, your nerves are broken out into three categories:

  • Your sensory nerves, which provide feeling
  • Your motor nerves, which control muscle movement
  • The autonomic nerves, which control functions like blood pressure and digestion

When damage occurs to any of these peripheral nerves, it can lead to a host of symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Loss of organ control

In most cases, peripheral neuropathy develops in your extremities, such as your arms, hands, legs, and feet.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Since peripheral neuropathy stems from damage to your peripheral nerves, the list of potential causes is long, but the main offenders include:

  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Tumors
  • Toxins
  • Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy

Lifestyle habits, such as excessive alcohol use, can also lead to problems with neuropathy.

How is peripheral neuropathy treated?

The key to peripheral neuropathy is addressing the issue at the first sign in order to prevent more serious damage down the road. When you come in, Dr. Diaz sits down with you to review your symptoms and medical history. He may also run some nerve function tests, such as electromyography, which records the electrical activity in your muscles.

Once he determines the extent of the neuropathy, he takes the appropriate steps to offset permanent damage. With neuropathy, the complications are very serious and include limited mobility and infections that don’t heal properly, which can lead to amputation.

The treatment of your neuropathy depends upon the underlying problem. If, for example, your neuropathy is caused by diabetes, better management of your blood glucose levels is the first line of treatment.

Rest assured, Dr. Diaz and his team work diligently to control your neuropathy and address your symptoms. Through pain management and long-term treatments like dietary counseling and physical therapy, Dr. Diaz helps you maintain the health of your peripheral nerves.

For expert treatment of peripheral neuropathy, call Integrative Spine & Sports or request an appointment using the online booking tool.