As many as 20 million people in the United States have some form of neuropathy, which is a medical term used to indicate damaged peripheral nerves. Though symptoms vary significantly depending on the type of nerve damage, neuropathy can affect your quality of life. Nameer Haider, MD, FAAPM&R, DABPM, is the board-certified pain management specialist at Cell Bionics Institute, located in Sterling, Virginia, and Utica, New York. He utilizes cutting-edge technology to diagnose and treat neuropathy and alleviate symptoms. To schedule an appointment, contact the office by phone or book one online today.
Neuropathy, also referred to as peripheral neuropathy, refers to a series of disorders that affect the peripheral nervous system. Your nervous system has two parts, including your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and your peripheral nervous system.
The peripheral nervous system includes all the nerves that relay information to your brain and spinal cord from the rest of your body. This system includes your hands and feet, as well as your digestive system and heart.
Neuropathy occurs when damage to a peripheral nerve prevents your brain or spinal cord from sending signals to the affected body part. The damage may affect one nerve (mononeuropathy) or several nerves (polyneuropathy).
Neuropathy symptoms can vary in type and severity, depending on the type of nerve affected. Symptoms may include:
Your motor nerves control muscle movement. Damage to a motor nerve may lead to muscle weakness, muscle wasting, or muscle spasms.
Sensory nerves are responsible for transmitting sensory information from your body to your brain, including pain, temperature, and touch. If your sensory nerves are damaged, you may experience a range of symptoms, including numbness, tingling, or pain.
The autonomic nerves control the body processes you don’t think about, such as breathing, body temperature, and digestion. Damage to one of your autonomic nerves may lead to changes in blood pressure, excessive sweating, or gastroparesis (decrease in stomach emptying).
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see Dr. Haider for the management of your neuropathy. The goal of the evaluation is to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis, so you get the most effective treatment.
During your evaluation, Dr. Haider reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. To assist in formulating your diagnosis, he may recommend diagnostic tests such as blood tests, nerve conduction velocity (NCV), electromyography (EMG), and MRI.
Dr. Haider develops individualized treatment plans for the management of neuropathy based on the type of nerve damage you have, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. Treatment may include injections to block nerve signals or prescription medication that decreases pain signals to the brain.
In addition to providing treatments to help improve your neuropathy symptoms, Dr. Haider also offers cutting-edge regenerative medicine treatments. These treatments are focused on supporting your body’s natural powers to heal the nerve damage and alleviate your symptoms altogether.
For expert care from a physician focused on finding and treating the root cause of your neuropathy symptoms, contact Cell Bionics Institute by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.