Imagine dealing with persistent pain, numbness, and weakness in your legs, hands, or feet. Simple tasks like driving a car, chasing your kid around your home, or taking a walk become difficult and tiresome. Painkillers can help you get on with your day. But these oral meds don’t address the root of the problem.
At The Neuropathy Center, we modify traditional methods to assess and treat chronic pain. There could be damage to your nerves that’s causing persistent pain and discomfort in one or various areas of your body. You may be experiencing peripheral neuropathy, and we’re here to provide you with specialized treatment.
Our approach to peripheral neuropathy focuses on increasing blood flow and promoting natural healing. Unlike traditional oral medications for pain, our innovative treatment comes with no side effects. As such, we have become a trusted provider of peripheral neuropathy treatment in Long Beach & Los Angeles, CA.
What is peripheral neuropathy?
Your peripheral nervous system sends signals for physical sensations back to your brain. Damage to the nerves can disrupt the peripheral nervous system’s normal functioning. The system might not send a pain signal to your brain even if something harms you or it might send signals of pain even when there’s nothing causing pain to the affected body area. This disorder is called peripheral neuropathy.
What causes peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by several factors, including but not limited to:
Physical injury or trauma
Injury from car accidents, sports, falls, or medical procedures can crush or compress nerves. Specifically, broken or dislocated bones or slipped disks can exert damaging pressure on neighboring nerves.
Diabetes or a high level of glucose can damage nerves throughout your body, causing neuropathic symptoms like numbness and pain. Tumors may also press on nerve fibers and affect the pain signals.
Systemic autoimmune disorders
Systemic autoimmune diseases can mistakenly attack the body’s own tissues, causing problems in the surrounding nerves. Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, for example, can cause peripheral neuropathy.
Infections due to viruses, such as the varicella-zoster virus (commonly associated with shingles), can attack nerve tissues and cause neuropathic pain, even after the shingles rash has already faded.
Hormonal imbalances can disrupt the body’s normal metabolic processes. In some cases, these can lead to swollen tissue that can put too much pressure on your peripheral nerves.
What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
There are over 100 different types of peripheral neuropathy. Each type is characterized by particular symptoms, but in general, people with peripheral neuropathy experience the following:
Sharp, burning, or throbbing pain in the affected area.
Extreme sensitivity to touch.
Muscle weakness or lack of coordination and falling.
Weak, heavy feeling in the arms and legs, which may feel like you’re wearing a tight glove or sock.
Numbness or tingling sensation in the feet or hands, which can even spread to the legs or arms.
Pain during activities that shouldn’t cause pain, like throbbing pain in your feet when they are under a blanket.
Why get treated at The Neuropathy Center?
Come to our center for our consultation if you’re experiencing any or several of the symptoms above. We use the latest technology to assess your condition and pinpoint the nerve causing you pain and discomfort. Unlike other clinics, we don’t focus on oral prescriptions that may come with side effects. Instead, we address nerve damage by increasing blood flow and stimulating your body’s natural healing.
Our center is located in Long Beach, but we welcome patients from Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Many patients have reported better management of their neuropathic pain after their treatments with us.