Here at Complete Rehab, we specialize in treating neuropathy in all its forms. In our experience, many people have heard the term “neuropathy” but don’t have a clear understanding of what it means. As a consequence of this lack of knowledge, there are a large number of patients who are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy right now without knowing it, and without seeking treatment. In this article, our team will go over more about what exactly neuropathy is and how it can manifest to help you identify these symptoms should they arise.
Neuropathy is defined as damage or dysfunction to one or more nerves, and this damage typically results in symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain, or muscle weakness. Your nerves are responsible for sending information from your brain to the rest of your body and back again, transmitting everything that you see, hear, smell, and touch, as well as the signals that tell your muscles to move. When your brain sends instructions to another part of your body, the signal travels first down your spinal cord and then into one of your peripheral nerves, which connect the spinal cord to the area in question. In medical terms, neuropathy is often referred to as peripheral neuropathy because it is caused by a problem with these peripheral nerves.
Neuropathy can manifest in a number of ways, but some of the most common are numbness or a tingling, pins-and-needles sensation, which often manifest in the hands and feet. Other symptoms include sharp pain, which patients have characterized as a burning, throbbing, or stabbing feeling. If you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to give us a call to set up a consultation