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Neuropathy

Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center

Vivekanand (Vic) Manocha, MD

Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in Springboro, OH & Vandalia, OH

There are more than 20 million Americans with chronic pain from neuropathy. At Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center, board-certified physician Vivekanand (Vic) Manocha, MD, understands the impact neuropathy can have on your quality of life. At the offices in Springboro and Vandalia, Ohio, Dr. Manocha offers on-site diagnostic tests to explore your nerve-related pain. He also focuses treatment on relieving your pain for the long-term and protecting your ability to stay active. If you have chronic pain due to neuropathy, schedule a consultation at Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center today using the convenient online booking feature.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that results when the nerves of your peripheral nervous system become damaged by a traumatic injury or an underlying medical issue, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Immune disorder
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Chronic kidney or liver disease

You can also develop neuropathy using certain medications for cancer or due to drinking large amounts of alcohol. Some people with neuropathy don’t have an identifiable cause for nerve damage and related pain, a condition known as idiopathic neuropathy.

Your peripheral nervous system is made up of different types of nerves.

Sensory nerves

Sensory nerves provide information from your brain about touch, temperature, and pain sensations, such as from a cut or bruise.

Motor nerves

Motor nerves are involved in controlling conscious muscle movements, like those needed for talking, walking, and picking up objects.

Autonomic nerves

The autonomic nerves help regulate automatic activities, such as food digestion, heartbeat, and breathing.

Depending on which types of nerves are affected, you can experience a variety of symptoms.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy? 

Neuropathy can cause a wide range of symptoms. Some of the most common are:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Changes in bowel or bladder function
  • Numbness or tingling in hands and feet

You can also experience neuropathy-related pain that feels like a sharp jolt or a chronic throbbing sensation. This pain can range from mild to severe and interfere with your ability to stay active.

How is neuropathy diagnosed?

Diagnosing neuropathy involves a physical exam, and you may need imaging tests, like an MRI, to check for herniated discs and other conditions.

Nerve function tests can help determine if you have nerve damage. An electromyography (EMG) device records electrical activity in your muscles as they contract and relax.

Once Dr. Manocha confirms neuropathy as your pain source, he creates a treatment plan to alleviate it and keep you active.

How is neuropathy treated?

If medications aren’t enough to prevent pain, you may need treatment known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Dr. Manocha places electrodes on the surface of your skin to deliver currents of electricity into the nerves.

Dr. Manocha may also recommend physical therapy to keep muscles strong and ensure you retain your mobility.

For chronic pain not treatable with medications, Dr. Manocha may recommend radiofrequency ablation. This minimally invasive procedure burns the nerves responsible for pain to prevent them from sending pain signals to your brain. 

You don’t have to suffer with neuropathy pain. Schedule a consultation at Interventional Spine & Pain Management Center today using the online booking feature.

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