Treatments to Help You Overcome Neuropathy

Up to 30% of Americans will develop neuropathy at some point during their lives. But that doesn’t mean you have to look forward to a lifetime of pain, weakness, and other disruptive symptoms.

Dr. Navdeep Jassal, our pain-management specialist here at Spine & Pain Institute of Florida in Lakeland, Florida, offers personalized treatment plans to manage your neuropathy symptoms, restore your strength and balance, and help you get back to your regular activities. 

About neuropathy

Neuropathy is a painful condition caused by damage of certain nerves in your body. Unmanaged diabetes is one of the most common causes of neuropathy, although physical trauma, cancer treatments, and autoimmune diseases can also lead to the condition. 

Neuropathy typically affects your feet or hands first, with symptoms eventually spreading through your limbs. The early signs are numbness or a tingling, “pins-and-needles” sensation. Ultimately, the numbness gives way to pain, and you lose muscle strength and balance, increasing your risk of falling and injuring yourself. 

Treatments for neuropathy

Fortunately, we offer patient-focused treatment plans to relieve your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual patient. We often combine therapies such as those listed below.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is critical to treating neuropathy. We focus on improving your strength, balance, and flexibility to reduce your pain and your risk of falling. In some cases, physical therapy can address an underlying problem that contributes to your neuropathy. In addition to your appointments, we teach you exercises and stretches to practice at home to maintain your progress. 

Steroid injections

Inflamed tissue can compress a nerve, leading to nerve damage and neuropathy symptoms. A steroid injection delivers a powerful anti-inflammatory directly into your damaged tissue and can provide rapid relief that lasts for several months. 

Nerve blocks

In some cases, we might recommend a nerve block to prevent a damaged nerve from sending pain signals to your brain. We use state-of-the-art fluoroscopy to ensure we place the injection at the best location to relieve your pain.

Radiofrequency ablation

If a nerve block stops your pain, we might also suggest radiofrequency ablation for longer-lasting relief. Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to create a lesion on your damaged nerve, which prevents pain signals. This treatment can eliminate the need for pain relievers and other pharmaceutical treatments.

Spinal cord stimulator

A spinal cord stimulator is another option to stop neuropathy pain. This implantable device delivers a mild electrical current to your damaged nerve, which disrupts pain signals. We can calibrate the instrument to meet your specific needs. Like radiofrequency ablation, a spinal cord stimulator eliminates your need for medications and provides long-lasting pain relief.

Our goal is to help you lead a healthy, active, and fulfilling life. If neuropathy gets in the way of your daily activities or independence, come in to see Dr. Jassal. Call our office or schedule a consultation online today.

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