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Most Effective Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a distressing medical condition that can significantly impact quality of life. At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we know all too well this suffering nerve pain brings and are committed to providing our patients with the most effective treatments. Contact us now for a definitive diagnosis and a meaningful discussion of your nonsurgical options. 

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy occurs when the nerves that send messages from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body are damaged or dysfunctional. This disruption can result in a range of symptoms including:

  • Tingling or numbness, especially in the hands or feet
  • Sharp, throbbing, or burning pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Muscle weakness or even paralysis if motor nerves are impacted

Possible Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Several factors can cause peripheral neuropathy:

  • Diabetes (the most common cause)
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Infections, such as Lyme disease
  • Certain hereditary disorders
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Injuries to, or pressure on, nerves.

Our physiatrists, who specialize in relieving pain and restoring function, are well-known as excellent diagnosticians with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. Therefore, making an appointment at one of our five convenient locations in Nassau or Suffolk Counties is a good first step in addressing your problem. 

We Use a Broad Range of Tools To Diagnose Peripheral Neuropathy

Once we listen carefully to your story and perform a physical examination, we will determine which of the following methods will work best in diagnosing your condition:

If, in fact, you are suffering from peripheral neuropathy, we can offer you a number of therapeutic options.

Treatments We Offer for Peripheral Neuropathy

At LI Spine, we offer a comprehensive range of treatments for peripheral neuropathy, each tailored to meet your individual needs. Depending on the particulars of your situation and your personal preferences, we may administer:

1. Medications, such as:

  • Painkillers (over-the-counter or prescription) 
  • Anti-seizure drugs known to reduce nerve pain¬†
  • Topical creams or pain patches to apply directly where the pain is most intense
  • Antidepressants that have proven effective in alleviating nerve pain 

2. Alternative therapies like acupuncture, an ancient traditional Chinese medical technique that has been successful in providing significant relief from neuropathic pain. Acupuncture helps to relieve pain by:

  • Restoring unrestricted blood flow
  • Stimulating the central nervous system to release endorphins
  • Speeding electromagnetic signals
  • Releasing natural opioids that provide pain relief
  • Altering brain chemistry to release neurohormones.

3. Individualized Physical Therapy can be designed to reduce pain by improving muscle strength and flexibility in the affected region. Customized exercises and guided movement can not only restore mobility but assist in relieving the pain of peripheral neuropathy.

We Provide Continuous Support for Patients With Peripheral Neuropathy

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we are well aware that managing the pain of peripheral neuropathy is a continuous process. Our doctors and all of our staff members are committed to providing you with the resources and guidance you require to manage your symptoms on an ongoing basis. Our dedicated follow-up care will include advice about beneficial lifestyle changes and access to a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals dedicated to your well-being.

Contact Our Offices Now To Discuss Your Options With a Caring Professional

Peripheral neuropathy is a challenging condition, but with the right approach and the right doctors, it can be effectively managed. If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, or have been diagnosed with this condition, contact us today. We are holistic practitioners who believe that healing requires a partnership between the patient and their doctor and will collaborate with you to make your life more comfortable and more pleasant.