Neuropathy, or nerve damage and discomfort, is common with diabetes and other medical issues. If you suffer from neuropathy-related tingling, numbness, or pain, family medicine physician and naturopathic doctor Robert Patterson, MD, ND, and his expert medical team offer solutions. Back to Basics Medical Practice PLLC in Sanford, North Carolina, is a certified Summus Neuropathy Treatment Center offering advanced peripheral neuropathy laser treatments for pain relief. Schedule an appointment with Back to Basics Medical Practice PLLC over the phone or online today.

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What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy involves damage to nerves outside your spinal cord and brain. It often results from uncontrolled diabetes, but chemotherapy, alcoholism, injuries, autoimmune diseases, infections, poison exposure, and vitamin deficiencies can also cause neuropathy. Treatment helps reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy.

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have peripheral neuropathy:

  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain in your hands and feet
  • Electric-like pain
  • Loss of coordination
  • Muscle twitches or cramps
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Low blood pressure

With peripheral neuropathy, you might also experience unintentional weight loss, sexual dysfunction, bladder issues, or even paralysis.

How is peripheral neuropathy diagnosed?

To diagnose neuropathy, Dr. Patterson and his team review your medical history and complete a physical exam, including a neurological exam. He might use blood tests, imaging tests, nerve or skin biopsies, and nerve function tests to make a final diagnosis.

What is the treatment for peripheral neuropathy?

Your personalized neuropathy treatment plan is based on the severity of your condition. Dr. Patterson and his team specialize in noninvasive Summus laser treatment for neuropathy.

Laser treatment uses heat energy to stimulate nerve cells, reduce inflammation, and increase blood circulation to reduce neuropathy symptoms and restore your quality of life. The procedure isn’t painful, and needles, surgery, or downtime aren’t required. You can resume normal everyday activities immediately after treatment.

Additional peripheral neuropathy treatment options include medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional changes, dietary supplements, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy with plasma sourced from your own blood.

Can I reduce my risk of neuropathy?

Healthy lifestyle habits can help you better manage peripheral neuropathy or prevent recurrences. Examples include getting regular exercise, minimizing stress, properly managing blood sugar if you have diabetes, not smoking, following a healthy diet, and avoiding excessive alcohol.

Don’t live with neuropathy pain when simple treatments are within reach. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online with the Back to Basics Medical Practice PLLC Summus Neuropathy Treatment Center to find out which neuropathy treatment is right for you.